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How Canada Is Closing the Achievement Gap (Education Everywhere Series)

In Ontario, schools have raised their test scores and graduation rates by providing resources such as full-time student success teachers, who help English-language learners and other students in need. 

    Education Everywhere Video Series

    This series takes a look at high-achieving education systems and model schools around the world to see what makes them successful. This series is a co-production with the Pearson Foundation.

    Canada Fast Facts

    • About 40,000 immigrant students come into the Canadian public school system every year, due to Canada's high rates of immigration per capita.
    • A quarter of the students in Ontario were born outside Canada, and 80% of them are non-English speaking.
    • The large province of Ontario accounts for 40% of Canada’s population; its two million students are funneled into about 5,000 schools.
    • Between 2003 and 2010, Ontario’s high school graduation rate rose from 68% to 79%. The provincial government's goal is to reach an 85% graduation rate.
    • Every school in Ontario staffs a full-time "student success teacher," who devotes his or her time to the students who need it most.
    • Despite coming into the country with challenges, immigrant children are typically performing as well as Canadian-born children on the PISA assessment just a few years after their arrival.

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    Source: Canada: Reform to Support High Achievement in a Diverse Context PDF report by the OECD.