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.



PISA 2000 and the Canadian Context

This chapter provides the context in which to interpret the analyses presented in the chapters that follow. It describes the objectives and designs of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Youth in Transition Survey (YITS) and discusses a rationale for linking cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys. It uses Canada as an example to identify the benefits of synergies between cross-sectional and longitudinal studies in education. The chapter concludes with an overview of the systems of education in Canada in order to facilitate and enhance the interpretation of the evidence discussed in subsequent chapters.


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