SOURCE: Council of Ministers of Education

Council of Ministers of Education

December 05, 2016 10:00 ET

Council of Ministers of Education: Major OECD Report on Student Performance in Science, Math, and Reading to Be Released December 6, 2016

TORONTO, ON --(Marketwired - December 05, 2016) - On December 6, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be releasing the results from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2015).

PISA is a triennial survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds near the end of their compulsory schooling. PISA 2015 tested over half a million students in 72 countries and economies, including over 20,000 Canadians from the 10 provinces, on their skills and knowledge in three core subject areas. The major focus of the assessment was science, with a secondary focus on mathematics and reading.

A companion Canadian report will be released at the same time as the OECD report to provide further information on the performance of Canadian students.

Of particular interest to media:

  • The assessment is administered once every three years. This makes it possible to compare student performance over time. PISA 2015 will provide significant information about how well students have been performing in science, mathematics, and reading since the first administration of PISA in 2000.
  • The Canadian report provides information on student performance at the provincial level and examines comparative results among Canadian provinces and other countries and economies. It also provides performance results for English- and French-language systems and by gender.

Preliminary program for Tuesday, December 6, 2016

5:00 a.m. EST  OECD report made available on-line

5:00 a.m. EST  Canadian report made available on-line

Throughout day  Individual interviews in English or French

The Honourable Doug W. Currie, Chair of CMEC, and Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture for Prince Edward Island

Ms. Chantal C. Beaulieu, Executive Director, CMEC

Members of the media are asked to contact Colin Bailey for further information or to arrange an interview with CMEC representatives.

About CMEC

Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada's ministers of education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education. For more information, visit us at

Contact Information

  • Information
    Colin Bailey
    Director, Communications
    Cell: 437-777-4879
    Tel.: 416-962-8100, ext. 259
    Twitter: @CCMEC