Education Policy

— Sep 7, 2022
Printer-friendly version
What PISA Tell Us about Education in Canada

What International Tests (PISA) Tell Us about Education in Canada finds that despite Canada scoring comparatively well internationally on the latest PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests, Canadian scores in all three subjects—reading, math and science—have significantly declined across the country.

— Jun 16, 2022
Printer-friendly version
Student Testing: An International Context

Student Testing: An International Context is a new study that finds more than 80 countries or jurisdictions are participating in this year’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a group of comparable, highly developed nations, including Canada. The OECD reports that about three-quarters of 15-year-old students in those participating countries attend schools in which mandatory standardized tests are used at least once a year.

— Jun 16, 2022
Printer-friendly version
Why Educational Testing is Necessary

Why Educational Testing is Necessary is a new essay that highlights the importance of test standardization, and examines the benefits of objective testing versus grade inflation in the education system.

— May 10, 2022
Printer-friendly version
Testing Canadian K-12 Students—Regional Variability, Room for Improvement

Testing of Canadian K-12 Students: Regional Variability and Room for Improvement finds that governments across Canada could improve provincewide student testing programs by offering regular uniform testing at multiple grade levels and making school and district performance results available to the public, which would incentivize educational improvements.

— Mar 29, 2022
Printer-friendly version
The Decline of Standardized Testing in Canada

The Decline of Standardized Testing in Canada finds that the erosion of standardized testing in schools across the country will limit the ability of parents, teachers and principals to measure student performance and the overall health of the education system.

— Jan 27, 2022
Printer-friendly version
Strong Parental Support for Standardized Testing across Canada

Strong Parental Support for Standardized Testing across Canada is a new study that finds 84 per cent of parents of school-aged children in Canada support standardized testing to understand how their child and their child’s school are performing in reading, writing and mathematics, according to a new Leger poll.

— Jan 11, 2022
Printer-friendly version
Worrying Trends in BC’s Testing of Grade 10 Students

Worrying Trends in BC’s Testing of Grade 10 Students finds that in 2019/20 only 40 per cent of Grade 10 students in British Columbia scored proficient or above in numeracy and only 75 per cent scored proficient or above in literacy.

Subscribe to the Fraser Institute

Get the latest news from the Fraser Institute on the latest research studies, news and events.

Research Experts