Better at math, worse at science and reading

Quebec secondary school students are the best in the country in mathematics, according to the 2010 Pan-Canadian Assessment Program report, the results of which were released yesterday.

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Quebec secondary school students are the best in the country in mathematics, according to the report of the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program 2010 whose results were unveiled yesterday.

We note that the girls, although having obtained results above the national average (513 against 500) have poorer results than their male colleagues (523) in mathematics.

The performance of young Quebecers in science and reading is less brilliant, however.


In reading, young Quebecers arrive in 7e place with a score of 481 (the Canadian average is 500), tied with those of Prince Edward Island. With a score of 498, girls are ahead of boys (471) in this subject. Ontario is at the top of the list.

For Quebec, this is a significant decrease. In 2007, the province was the champion in reading with a score of 538!

Across the country, "data from 2010 (in reading) suggests that overall performance has declined somewhat compared to 2007, particularly in French-language school systems."


With a score of 486 (the Canadian average is set at 500), Quebec students are ranked 9e nationally ranked in science, tied with Manitoba. Girls outperformed boys, 494 to 483. First place went to those from Alberta.

In addition, we note that in most provinces and territories, students attending a “minority language school system obtained higher mathematics results” than others. The opposite has been observed in reading while there is no significant difference in science.

Almost 32,000 students from 1,600 schools across the country participated in the assessment. This program was created by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.

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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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