In an article written by Bill Tierney that appeared in the Montreal Gazette on January 13, 2011 the PISA test results showed that Canada rates very high in the rankings for reading skills, mathematics and in science. The OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) sponsored PISA tests (Program of International Student Assessment), ranked Canada third in the world in the 2009 test in reading skills, after South Korea and Finland. Canada ranked fifth in the world in mathematics and science.
Historically, Canada has been and continues to be one of the leading educational countries in the world. And in Canada, the best performance was in Alberta, with Quebec in second place.
The survey ranked 35 countries. The best performer in Eastern Europe was Estonia.
Bill Tierney is a former teacher at John Abbott College in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec.