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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.

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This report examined a range of evidence from the Canadian experience with PISA and YITS and evaluated the value of combining international assessments of competences in real-life activities with longitudinal follow up data as tools for developing evidence for policy making. It demonstrates the significant long term investment in the linkage of data on individuals over several points in time in relation to their early competencies, as well as their choices, aspirations and behaviours, can have a major pay-off in understanding educational and labour market outcomes in young adulthood. Replicating this experience at an international level could only increase the advantages and benefits of such an effort.

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