Statement from Minister Sandals on the Release of PISA Results
Today, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement about the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results:
"I'm pleased that the PISA study released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Ontario's students are continuing to perform above the OECD average in every category. In fact, Ontario performed significantly higher than 52 other jurisdictions on the paper-based math assessment.
However, like most other jurisdictions across Canada and around the world, we know there is still more to do when it comes to student achievement in math. That's why helping students better understand this important subject will remain our top priority for improving student achievement. While the PISA results show some encouraging signs in computer-based math assessments, we will continue our work to identify and implement best practices that have been shown to make a real difference in helping students master their math skills.
I know how important math is for our students' futures: that's why we have made it an area of focus during consultations on our plan for the next phase in education in Ontario, which we plan to release in the new year.
We are grateful for the hard work of educators and staff every day in our schools. We thank our partners in education as we continue to boost efforts to help students in key areas like math, so they can achieve their best.
Together, we will continue to sustain and improve student achievement to ensure our students can compete and succeed in the 21st century."