Last week an article popped up in my news feeds about BC students having one of the highest literacy levels in the world. Today, the Provincial Government reports that Grade 10 students in BC are again, at the head of the pack when it comes to reading, math and science.
B.C. students were in the top-performing range worldwide, with only Finland doing significantly better in the science category. In reading, only Finland and Korea were above B.C.â€™s range, while in mathematics, five jurisdictions were above B.C.â€™s range. When comparing average scores, B.C. ranked fourth in science, sixth in reading and thirteenth in math. Generally, the 2006 results for B.C. students show scores similar to the 2003 results. [GovBC]
The report by the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) states that certain social factors play a positive role in the education of a child. Things like immigrant status (we live in a region where 40% of the population is foreign-born), parental education and socio-economic status. However, it also says that students in BC also perform well despite their socio-economic status.
When I was in Kansas City I was asked if people in Vancouver move away from the city to find better schools for their children. I really didn’t know about schools being better or worse based on Geographical location. In this region, I would imagine people would want to be closer to the cities for better schools, unless you’re talking about privately run establishments. The further East you head in Metro Vancouver, you might find more private schools but then you also have the burbs (cue scary music).
Before anyone gets on the Jump to Conclusions mat, might I remind you that I went to West Whalley Junior High and despite all those horribly painful teenage years I don’t think I could complain about the level of education I received at the time. I graduated with honors, with AP credits, and went to SFU. Well that was until I got offered a job at a dotcom in October, 2000 – so I had to take it, I mean really. But I digress.
I’m pleased to see the results in the article, however I personally suck at math so I was probably no help in these studies back in the day.
Update:And now the BC Gov’t has just pledged $5 million to support student literacy.