Saskatchewan students don’t seem to be faring so well compared to students elsewhere in the country.
The latest Pan-Canadian Assessment in Reading, Mathematics, and Science assessed about 27 thousand students in Grade 8 in the spring of 2016.
Across Canada, 88 per cent of students performed at or above expected reading levels. Saskatchewan was at the low end of the scale with 83 per cent in that category. Performance relative to the Canadian average shows Saskatchewan had a significant difference in reading, performing 16 points below the national average. Manitoba was worse, off 20 points, and New Brunswick was 18 points below. In both mathematics and science, Saskatchewan again performed lower than the average across the country.
Anglophone schools performed significantly better than francophone schools in reading in Saskatchewan but that was reversed for both math and science. Girls performed better than boys in reading. Boys did better than girls in math in this province. And there was no significant difference in science.