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June 10, 2014

Canadian provinces should be concerned about slipping high-school students’ scores – in reading, science and mathematics – as assessed by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), according a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Warning Signs for Canadian Educators: The Bad News in Canada’s PISA Results,” author John Richards addresses some concerning trends in provincial PISA results, in particular declining PISA math scores over the past decade in most provinces. Quebec is the only province that maintained stable mathematics scores, and in 2012 its students outperformed those in all other provinces.


John Richards

John Richards has written extensively on social policy in Canada and his current social policy focus is on Aboriginal policy. He is a Professor, Public Policy Program, at Simon Fraser University. He co-edits (with Henry Milner) Inroads, a Canadian policy journal. In addition, he has undertaken teaching and research in Bangladesh over the last decade.