Its ups and downs have earned Quebec a C in the comparative report on education and skills

In Quebec, there is a notable difference between students and adults when it comes to performance on skills tests. This is what the Conference Board of Canada's education and skills benchmarking reveals.

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OTTAWA, June 26, 2014 / CNW / - Quebec receives a C and ranks tenth among the 26 provinces and countries analyzed in the education and skills comparison report. This year, for the first time, the program How Canada Performs: Education and Skills Comparison takes into account the performance of the provinces and includes them in its ranking.

“Quebec comes out on top for certain indicators, such as students' math skills,” says Michael Bloom, Vice-President, Industrial and Commercial Strategy. Its education system manages to give students the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their socio-economic background. […] However, for indicators concerning adult skills, especially literacy, Quebec performs poorly compared to most of the other provinces and countries comparable to Canada. "



  • Quebec's overall performance earned it a tenth place in the ranking and a C in the comparative assessment on education and skills.
  • Thanks to the excellent results of its students on the PISA math test, the province receives an A + for the proportion of students with insufficient math skills, and an A for the proportion of students with high math skills.
  • She gets low marks for adult skills, especially in literacy, but also in numeracy and problem solving.


In total, Quebec scores five A or A +, including two for indicators measuring the proportion of 25 to 64 years old having completed high school and that of 25 to 64 years old with a college diploma.

Quebec excels in the mathematics test of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). As such, it occupies first place in the ranking among the 26 provinces and countries assessed and obtains an A + for the small proportion of 15-year-old students having insufficient math skills. For the proportion of students with high math skills, the A he gets earned him second place.

In addition, Quebec receives B's for each of the following indicators: students with high reading skills; students with insufficient reading skills and students with insufficient science skills. The province does less well on adult skills, however, scoring a combination of Cs and Ds in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving in high-tech environments.

Concerning the resilient students, an indicator measuring the percentage of 15-year-old students from a modest socio-economic background who obtain excellent results on the PISA mathematics test, Quebec ranks second and is second only to the Japan. He receives a B for the indicator of equity of learning performance, which measures the achievement gap between native-born and immigrant students on the PISA math test.

Quebec is the only province that has improved its results compared to countries comparable to Canada in terms of the number of doctorate holders, rising from a D to a C in 2010. In 2011, it awarded more doctorates (per 100,000 population aged 25 to 39) than any other province, but still has to settle for a C count given the results of countries comparable to Canada.

The Conference Board and HEC Montréal have established the Quebec Institute so that it examines the socio-economic difficulties facing Quebec and proposes solutions and recommendations based on new analyzes.

Canada's performance is an ongoing research program at the Conference Board that aims to help leaders understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of Canada's socio-economic performance. The program's website features data and analysis on Canada's performance relative to peer countries in six performance categories : economy, innovation, environment, education and skills, health and society.

Drawing inspiration from previous analyzes from the program Canada's performance, the education and skills comparison report released today is the second in a series of six on the socio-economic performance of Canada and the provinces to be released over the next 12 months. Our balance sheet on the economy was published in May 2014. The other reports will be published in the coming year.

This year, for the first time, the analysis also offers a ranking of the provinces. The data sources and the methodology are described on the website Canada's performance.


SOURCE The Conference Board of Canada


Canada scores well on education and skills benchmarking, but provincial results are mixed


Canada scores a B overall, as do BC, Ontario and Alberta

OTTAWA, June 26, 2014 / CNW / - Even as students receive their year-end report cards, the Conference Board of Canada is releasing its comparative reports on the performance of Canada and the provinces in terms of education and skills.

The first edition of How Canada Performs: Education and Skills Comparison including the provinces in the international ranking reveals that Canada obtains a B overall and is at the top of the international ranking, thanks to the relatively good results of some of its most populous provinces. There are, however, marked differences between the provinces.

British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta, the best-ranked provinces, get B's; Quebec and Nova Scotia get Cs; and the other five provinces are at the back of the pack with D and D-.

“Canada ranks first for its high proportion of 25 to 64 year olds with a college diploma and the second rank for the proportion of 25 to 64 year olds having completed high school, explains Michael Bloom, Vice President, Industrial and Commercial Strategy. Our country offers students aged 5 to 19 a quality education in the essential areas of reading, mathematics and science. "

  • In the education and skills comparison, Canada ranks third out of 16 peer countries, behind Japan and Finland.
  • British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta get B's, and they all rank better overall than Canada.
  • Canadian students do fairly well in reading, math, and science, but adult literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills are mostly Cs in Canada.

However, Canada scores relatively low on adult skills, which include literacy, numeracy (mathematics), and problem solving in technology-intensive environments (the ability to use digital technology, communication tools and networks). These results have deteriorated over the past 10 years. Low numbers students earning doctorates and degrees in science, mathematics, computer science and engineering are Canada's other weaknesses.

The Conference Board's Education and Skills Comparison Report is the second in a series of six to be produced in the coming year on the socio-economic performance of Canada and the provinces. This is the first year that the analysis also covers provincial rankings.

In the 2014 Education and Skills Analysis, Canada ranks third in the international rankings, behind Japan and Finland. Here are the 16 comparator countries and their respective ratings:

  • A - Japan, Finland
  • B - Canada, Australia, Switzerland
  • C - Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden
  • D - Norway, Ireland, Denmark, Austria, United States, France


Canada scores four A's on the 23 education and skills indicators. In addition to an A in high school and college graduation, he gets an A in minimizing the math learning achievement gap between immigrant youth and Canadian-born youth. Countries that emphasize economic criteria in their immigration systems, such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, generally score better on this indicator.

Canada scores a B on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) reading, math and science tests. In addition, its low proportion of 15-year-old students with insufficient reading skills earns it an A and its low proportion of students with high science skills, a C. Canada, however, does less well in terms of adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving, earning C's on most of these indicators.

Canada owes its worst marks to its low graduation rates in science, mathematics, computer science and engineering and doctoral degrees, which in both cases earn it a D. contribute significantly to cutting-edge research and advanced knowledge, poor performance on them weakens Canada's innovation performance.

The Conference Board has established research centers to address related challenges. The Center for Skills and Postsecondary Education Research will examine issues related to post-secondary education, while the Center for Business Innovation continues its work to improve Canada's performance in terms of employment. innovation.

Analysis of Canada's performance aims to determine the extent to which Canada and its provinces are achieving their goal of sustainably high quality of life for their citizens. Six areas of performance are assessed: economy, education and skills, innovation, environment, health and society. The comparative assessment ofeconomy was released in May 2014. The others will follow in the coming year.

See the graph "Comparison report - Education and skills"

Review: Education and Skills (CNW Group / The Conference Board of Canada)

To see the video commentary by Kristelle Audet, Economist.


SOURCE The Conference Board of Canada


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