Accolades for education performance?

I see on the front page of the T&T Bernard Lord is being honoured for all his hard work in the area of education.  A couple of years ago I was at an event where Premier McKenna was heralded for his transformational education system overhaul.

In my old age I am not as cynical about this stuff anymore.  I suspect that old Bernie must have done something to deserve the accolades but the data is still showing NB at or near the bottom in Canada across all PISA test scores (2009 is the most recent).

The table below right out of the latest Stats Can release.  If you click here you will see similar rankings for math and science.  You will also see that we have gotten worse on most metrics between 2000 and 2009.  Now, I know some people grumble about the PISA methodology but we are still at or near the bottom across the board.

Where is the improvement?

 

Estimated average scores of 15-year-old students, reading assessment, by combined reading scale and reading sub-scales, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Canada and provinces, 2009

PISA 2009

estimated
average
score

standard error

95% confidence interval

Combined reading scale
Canada

524

(1.5)

521 to 527

Newfoundland and Labrador

506

*

(3.7)

499 to 513

Prince Edward Island

486

*

(2.4)

481 to 490

Nova Scotia

516

*

(2.7)

510 to 521

New Brunswick

499

*

(2.5)

494 to 504

Quebec

522

(3.1)

516 to 528

Ontario

531

*

(3.0)

525 to 536

Manitoba

495

*

(3.6)

488 to 502

Saskatchewan

504

*

(3.3)

498 to 511

Alberta

533

(4.6)

524 to 542

British Columbia

525

 

(4.2)

516 to 533

Reading aspects subscale
Accessing and retrieving
Canada

517

(1.5)

514 to 520

Newfoundland and Labrador

501

*

(3.8)

493 to 508

Prince Edward Island

481

*

(2.5)

476 to 486

Nova Scotia

506

*

(3.3)

499 to 513

New Brunswick

487

*

(3.1)

481 to 493

Quebec

515

(3.6)

508 to 522

Ontario

523

*

(3.1)

517 to 529

Manitoba

496

*

(3.8)

489 to 504

Saskatchewan

501

*

(3.7)

494 to 508

Alberta

522

(4.5)

513 to 531

British Columbia

516

(4.5)

507 to 524

Integrating and interpreting
Canada

522

(1.5)

519 to 525

Newfoundland and Labrador

502

*

(3.7)

495 to 509

Prince Edward Island

482

*

(2.3)

477 to 486

Nova Scotia

514

*

(2.9)

509 to 520

New Brunswick

499

*

(2.6)

494 to 504

Quebec

521

(3.3)

515 to 528

Ontario

528

*

(3.0)

522 to 533

Manitoba

493

*

(4.0)

485 to 501

Saskatchewan

502

*

(3.5)

495 to 508

Alberta

532

*

(4.8)

522 to 541

British Columbia

522

 

(4.6)

513 to 531

Reflecting and evaluating
Canada

535

(1.6)

532 to 538

Newfoundland and Labrador

519

*

(3.3)

512 to 525

Prince Edward Island

497

*

(2.3)

492 to 501

Nova Scotia

527

*

(3.0)

521 to 532

New Brunswick

505

*

(2.3)

500 to 509

Quebec

525

*

(3.3)

518 to 531

Ontario

546

*

(3.2)

540 to 552

Manitoba

504

*

(4.0)

496 to 512

Saskatchewan

517

*

(3.5)

510 to 524

Alberta

546

*

(4.4)

537 to 554

British Columbia

536

 

(4.2)

528 to 544

Reading text formats subscale
Continuous texts
Canada

524

(1.5)

521 to 527

Newfoundland and Labrador

508

*

(3.8)

501 to 516

Prince Edward Island

486

*

(2.4)

481 to 490

Nova Scotia

516

*

(2.9)

511 to 522

New Brunswick

500

*

(2.5)

495 to 505

Quebec

519

(3.2)

512 to 525

Ontario

532

*

(3.1)

526 to 538

Manitoba

497

*

(4.0)

489 to 505

Saskatchewan

506

*

(3.2)

500 to 512

Alberta

533

*

(4.7)

524 to 543

British Columbia

524

 

(4.5)

515 to 533

Non-continuous texts
Canada

527

(1.6)

524 to 530

Newfoundland and Labrador

511

*

(3.8)

503 to 518

Prince Edward Island

490

*

(2.4)

485 to 494

Nova Scotia

518

*

(2.8)

513 to 524

New Brunswick

492

*

(2.4)

487 to 497

Quebec

523

(3.5)

516 to 529

Ontario

534

*

(3.3)

527 to 540

Manitoba

498

*

(3.5)

491 to 504

Saskatchewan

506

*

(3.5)

500 to 513

Alberta

539

*

(4.7)

529 to 548

British Columbia

531

 

(4.0)

523 to 538

* The difference between the estimated average score for the province and that for Canada is statistically significant (p < 0.05).
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