Education reform, not more money, is the answer to declining PISA scores

Student performance in Canada is stagnating or declining in key subject areas despite dramatic increases in education spending. That’s the main takeaway, in light of last week’s report from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which tests 15-year-old students every three years in reading, mathematics and science.Consider this. PISA’s latest round of testing, conducted in 2015, included some 20,000 Canadian students from roughly 900 schools across the country. The average score in math dropped from a high of 532 in 2003 (the earliest comparable PISA year for mathematics) to 516 in 2015. Although Canada’s average math score is

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