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Quick Chat: OECD PISA Tests & Science

November 06,2014

Quick chat: Science is the focus in the next round of results

Listen to Marie Claire Shanahan and Carol-Ann Burke talk about science as the focus in the next round of OECD PISA results.

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November 6, 2014 - We heard a lot recently about the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results, and more specifically, how Canada fared in the testing of its students when it came to math. 

The OECD conducts these tests on a regular basis and focuses on a different subject with each release of their report—in one round it might be math, and in the next, another subject will be featured, like science—which is the area that will be in the spotlight in 2015 when the results from the 2012 tests are announced to much fanfare and analysis.

According to Marie Claire Shanahan, Associate Professor and Research Chair in Science Education and Postdoctoral Scholar (Lydia)  Carol-Ann Burke, the science results will not be as polarizing as the math scores. That said, there are some things going on in Canada with respect to science, and both believe we should all be paying attention. Listen to their Quick Chat.