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.



Predicting Success: Key Characteristics of Youth Affecting Transitions to Education and the Labour Market

The importance of securing post-secondary education has been demonstrated earlier in this report and elsewhere. This chapter considers the association of earlier educational achievement, as measured in PISA 2000, with subsequent pathways to educational attainment, as well as the likely effects of higher PISA achievement on further educational attainment. The chapter also presents pathways by the age of 21, when transitions between education, work and inactivity are likely to be common. The relative influence of PISA achievement, simultaneously analysed with a number of background characteristics, confirms the importance of prior competencies. This also provides some important policy implications that are particularly relevant to equity.


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