The Statistics Canada Census Data for 2011 is being analyzed, with some results posted here. Census data for 2006 provided a wealth of detailed information for Winnipeg and Manitoba.
Census data provides a more complete data set for exploration, allowing for better conclusions to be drawn about specific areas in provinces and cities. Paired with PCAP (Pan-Canadian Assessment Program) mathematics results rather than PISA results, I believe that this is where Manitoba Education needs to explore next steps rather than attempting to create a “little Finland” or “little Shanghai” spinoff from PISA.
In less than ten minutes of exploration with the Thematic Maps tool provided on the StatsCanada website, I obtained ten maps that provide volumes of information about Winnipeg and surrounding area data from 2006. I am looking forward to similar data exploration through 2011 census results from Statistics Canada. Here are just three maps from my search:
Far more important to me than PISA results is the Pan Canadian Assessment Program’s Contextual Report on Student Achievement in Mathematics. Here are just a few of the charts from that report, all of which speak to “next steps” possibilities to support student learning in mathematics: