Measuring Indigenous Education Outcomes Key to Progress –

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 2018224 Views

Feb 13, 2018

Collection of data on academic outcomes among Indigenous students is a necessary step towards bridging the education gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous students, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Measuring Student Outcomes: The Case for Identifying Indigenous Students in Canada’s PISA Sample,” authors John Richards and Parisa Mahboubi encourage provinces to improve their understanding of native student outcomes by adding a question inviting Indigenous students to identify themselves for the forthcoming 2018 round of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

The PISA has become a crucial benchmark for measuring student performance in three core subjects (reading, math, and science) among a large sample of secondary students, age 15. All OECD member countries and 35 other countries participated in the previous round, in 2015.

“Most provinces provide no regular information to track the performance of native students in the core subjects of math science and reading,” the authors write. “Tracking educational outcomes provides evidence that enables better school management and improved outcomes.”

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