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Monday, February 25, 2008

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February 2008

This issue of Statistics Canada's free online publication, Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, contains two articles.

The first, "Literacy skills of Canadians across the ages: Fewer low achievers, fewer high achievers," summarizes the key findings of a recent report that investigated the distribution of literacy skills in the Canadian-born population and how those skills are generated. One of the key findings in this report is that literacy levels have improved at the lower level of the literacy distribution. At the same time, there is evidence that younger Canadians have lower levels of literacy than older Canadians had, at the same age and level of education. This was particularly true for more highly educated individuals.

The second article, "Student characteristics and achievement in science: Results of the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment" summarizes the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment. While Canada and the majority of the provinces were among the jurisdictions where science achievement was above average and disparity in student performance was below average, differences in student achievement persist. This article identifies how those differences are related to student characteristics.

The February 2008 issue of Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, Vol. 4, no. 6 (81-004-XIE, free) is now available on our website. From the Publications module, choose Free internet publications, then Education, training and learning and Education Matters.

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