Ontario Students Are World Class

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Ontario Students Are World Class

Ministry of Education

Grade 4 Students Among the Highest Achieving On International Literacy Test TORONTO, Nov. 28 - The province's Grade 4 students are performing among the best in the world in reading according to an international study released today, said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. "The gains in Ontario student achievement in the PIRLS study complements the improvements seen on Ontario's provincewide assessments," added Wynne. "This is more evidence that we are on the right track and that we should continue our efforts in this direction." Ontario results of the 2006 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) were released today by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). PIRLS is a worldwide reading literacy assessment of Grade 4 students undertaken every five years and sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). A total of 45 jurisdictions representing 40 countries participated in the 2006 administration of PIRLS. Ontario took part in the study along with four other provinces in Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec, and other jurisdictions such as England and the United States. Ontario's nine- and ten-year-old students rank among the top students in the world in reading. Only the Russian Federation and Hong Kong were in a performance range higher than Ontario's. Eight other jurisdictions were in the same performance range as Ontario. Ontario's students have sustained their high level of performance in reading since PIRLS 2001 and narrowed the gender achievement gap. "I'd like to congratulate the students, parents and educators for the work they've done to achieve these great results," said Minister Wynne. "The high scores of Ontario students are a validation of the past few years' hard work to help increase student achievement and support students in their learning through our Literacy and Numeracy Strategy." Highlights of the provincial results, a complete PIRLS 2006 Ontario Report, and the IEA's full PIRLS 2006 International Report are available at www.eqao.com. Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.ontario.ca/progress Contact Info For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892