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.



Starting Right: Canadian Results from PISA 2000

A key concern from an international perspective is the extent to which education systems provide quality, equitable opportunities to students. Canada is no exception. In revisiting the PISA 2000 results for Canada, and this chapter presents an evaluation of the quality and equality of educational outcomes across the Canadian systems of education. In doing so, some key challenges are identified. The chapter is intended to provide readers with the baseline performance and antecedents for interpreting the results of the longitudinal analyses that are presented in subsequent chapters.


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