We are proud of our Pembina Trails students who consistently perform at or above provincial averages based on annual formative assessments directed by Manitoba Education.
Recently, there has been some attention on results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Testing is carried out every three years and is directed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Some media coverage painted an unfavourable outlook of how Manitoba students were performing. In an effort to help our community learn more about PISA and the recent results, we are sharing some context and important points to consider.
What is PISA?
PISA aims to assess math, science and reading levels of 15 year old, grade 9 or 10, students across the country. In 2018, more than 22,000 students from 914 different Canadian schools took part in the assessment. It is important to note, that not all students or schools participated. While PISA serves a role when taking a closer look at national and provincial level systems, the results are never broken down to school division level.
Three fast facts about PISA:
- Canada is near the top of all participating countries within PISA with approximately 90 per cent of student achievement at the required level to function successfully within society. Canadian students are among the best performing students within OECD.
- Manitoba’s performance is comparable to Saskatchewan’s results, which would generally have a similar size in population and structure in economic environment. Comparisons to Alberta, Ontario or Quebec are challenging as it is also important to consider factors such as socioeconomic differences, inter-provincial or international migration and mandated educational set-up.
- Pembina Trails students only account for up to 10 per cent of the Manitoba PISA assessment. The sample would consist of roughly 50 per cent of students living outside of metropolitan areas such as Winnipeg.
How are Pembina Trails students doing?
We believe in transparency and accountability and that is why we are committed to sharing our most recent student success data with our community. Page 10-11 in our 2019 Report to our Community specifically covers student achievement.