Tuesday, December 7, 2010

OECD's PISA 2009 Literacy and Reading Results

The logo of the Organisation for Economic Co-o...Image via WikipediaThe OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) just released it's annual report and survey, and Canada is in the top 10 (6th). PISA is a reading and literacy survey of 15 year olds in industrialized countries / economies - approximately 65 countries. The programme's conception of reading literacy "encompasses the range of situations in which people read, the different ways written texts are presented, and the variety of ways that readers approach and use texts, from the functional and finite, such as finding a particular piece of practical information, to the deep and far-reaching, such as understanding other ways of doing, thinking and being"...well, nice to know we're doing okay.

Here's a link to the Executive Summary of the PISA Results 2009.

The Ontario Ministry of Education released a news release on this achievement. But what really stands out for us in the PISA results is that girls outperform boys in reading skills in every participating country...that's truly an amazing stat.