Pathways to Success

How Knowledge and Skills at Age 15 Shape Future Lives in Canada

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Presents the findings of Canada's Youth in Transition Survey, which complements OECD's PISA survey and offers significant new policy insights in understanding students’ choices at different ages and the impact of these decisions on consequent education and labour market outcomes. YITS is a longitudinal study that tracks 30 000 Canadian students who took part in the PISA 2000 assessment and, with interviews every two years, follows their progress from secondary school into higher education and the labour market.



Acquiring Human Capital: The Relationship of PISA Reading Proficiencies and the Pathway to Higher Education

To date, the majority of research examining youth in post-secondary education has focused on access. The results presented in this chapter extend the understanding of the post-secondary education process in several ways. First, access to university and college are examined with respect to a number of key background characteristics, including performance in PISA 2000. Persistence in post-secondary education is also analysed, as well as factors associated with course choice. The use of the same background characteristics across the three outcomes of access, persistence and choice in field of study paints a complex and nuanced picture of the trajectories of the youth who participated in PISA and YITS. The evidence described here highlights that access, persistence and field of study in postsecondary education (university, in particular) are closely related to higher PISA achievement and particular background characteristics.


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