PCAP versus PISA results: Manitoba Possibilities

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:

lone parent households

immigrant population

low income population after tax

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:

books in home

math score by books in home

mothers education

math score by mothers ed

math scores and aboriginal identity

born in canada scores

math score versus aspirations

undergrad degree and scores

teacher expertise and math score


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