Reading Comprehension: Young Canadians Among the Best

Young Canadians are ranked 6th in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2009 International Program for the Monitoring of Learning (PISA) in reading with a score of 524 points. They are preceded by Shanghai (China), Korea, Finland, Hong-Kong (China) and Singapore. The average for OECD member countries is 493 points.

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Young Canadians arrive at 6e ranking of the international program for the monitoring of prior learning (PISA) 2009 from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in reading with a score of 524 points. They are preceded by Shanghai (China), Korea, Finland, Hong-Kong (China) and Singapore. The average for OECD member countries is 493 points.

Several factors, including socioeconomic background, can influence student performance. We note that the involvement of parents during their child's first steps in the world of reading improves reading comprehension. “Students whose parents said they read books 'every day or almost every day' or 'once or twice a week' with their child in their first year of primary school scored higher on the PISA 2009 tests. to those students whose parents read "never or hardly ever" or "once or twice a month" books with their child, "says the study.

In Canada, as elsewhere, we notice that boys have more difficulties than girls. "During most of the XXe century, it was mainly the poor performance of girls that preoccupied decision-makers attentive to the variation in the return to education between the sexes. However, it is now the boys' poorer reading performance that is of concern. The results of the reading comprehension tests of the PISA 2009 cycle show that girls are ahead of boys in all participating countries by an average of 39 points in OECD countries, i.e. the equivalent of more than a half-level of competence or one year of study ”, one mentions in the summary report.

Career impact

Gold, Statistics Canada notes that reading proficiency is closely associated with obtaining a high school diploma as well as participation in post-secondary education. “Youth with lower proficiency levels were more likely to have stopped studying before or just after graduating from high school, while youth who scored higher were more likely to have completed post-secondary training, ”says the federal agency. We also note that young people with a lower level at 15 years old had a lower income at 25. “It therefore seems, according to these income data, that the financial advantages of a longer stay in the labor market do not outweigh not those with a higher level of education, ”we note. That said, even though boys score lower in reading, they still earn higher wages than girls on average.

Mathematics and science

In addition, young Canadians also rank well on the science literacy scale with an 8e position. In mathematics, they arrive at 10e rank. In both cases, the students achieved scores well above the OECD average. “Students tend to perform well regardless of their socioeconomic background or that of the school they attend,” one notes.

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Nathalie Côté
Nathalie Cote
Nathalie is a journalist. His favorite themes are family, education, health, consumption, the environment and social phenomena. She contributes in particular to the newspaper La Presse.

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