Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools for West Vancouver, posted some excellent analysis of PISA. Great reading for anyone.
Here’s an excerpt:
“1) British Columbia was the highest performing English-speaking jurisdiction in the world
British Columbia is not only the highest performing province in Canada, but ahead of all other English-speaking participating nations including Australia, United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand (to name a few). If you look at countries in general, Canada would be first in this category.
2) British Columbia was the highest performing multicultural jurisdiction in the world
One characteristic that other countries at the top of the charts do not share with British Columbia and Canada is its diversity. In language and cultural diversity, BC and Canada stand out as the highest performing on the assessments.”
There’s more and it is worth heading over to Mr. Kennedy’s blog to read.