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Education Matters: Insights on education, learning and training in Canada

June 2007, volume 4 number 2

“Streaming” in the 10th grade in four Canadian provinces in 2000

“Streaming” or “tracking” of high school students through different sequences of core courses has been practised in Canada and other developed countries for decades. The practice has also been vigorously debated. This article examines the extent to which streaming of tenth-grade students was occurring in four provinces in 2000. It finds that social background – specifically, parents’ education and family income – continues to play a significant role in the course-selection choices made by students.

A first look at provincial differences in educational pathways from high school to college and university

Over the past thirty years, young women have gone from lagging behind young men in going to postsecondary education to overtaking them, thus prompting the question, what has happened to the boys? Gaps between lower income and higher income youth in postsecondary participation rates also persist. This article takes a first look at how the size of these gaps between boys and girls and between income groups varies across provinces.

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