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"Canada stands out not just because of its high overall performance but also because the impact of socio economic background on educational outcomes is much less pronounced than in most Western nations," said Andreas Schleicher, of the OECD, in a video posted on the organization's website.
The study is compiled from results of tests administered to 15 year old students in about 70 countries, every three years in math, science and reading.
When studying Canada's education system and the results from each province, Schleicher said he was struck by the high expectations that immigrant families have for their children "and even more by the fact those expectations are by and large held by educators as well."
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Scores in all three categories were well above the OECD average.
The report, released Tuesday, says Canada is especially unique because its immigrant students perform well and socio economic background seems to have little effect on performance.
demonstrates, rather surprisingly, that success can be achieved without a national strategy," the report states.
"This observation runs counter to the instincts of many of those who sit in policy seats and seek to effect change, but the fact is that Canada has achieved success on PISA across its provinces despite a limited to non existent federal role."
The report said Canada proved to be an exception to at least one rule.
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However, the study also points out that some Canadian leaders, including Liberal MP and former Ontario education minister Gerard Kennedy, "are now trying to mount a more national strategy, arguing that education is too important to be left entirely to the provinces."
The study was based on scores from testing in 2009 through the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment.
Canada is the only country in the developed world with no federal office or education department, the report states. Instead, education is a provincial and territorial responsibility. But surprisingly, the report said, the system seems to Nike Air Max 120 Laser Orange be working just fine.
"An example is the extraordinary performance of Canada's immigrant children."
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