It turns out 15-year-olds in Saskatchewan aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer — at least according to the results of an international survey last year.
The survey was given by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to 15-year-olds in 72 different countries to test their reading, math and science comprehension.
Saskatchewan’s teens tested near the international average in science and reading, but they were below average in math. The province also ended up being below their Canadian counterparts in all three subjects, landing at 10th in Canada.
In a news release, the president of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation said the report from the OECD identified factors that could contribute to lower scores — one of these factors was poverty.
“These results point to bigger issues that cannot be handled by educators alone and reinforce what teachers have been advocating for years — more timely and accessible educational and inter-sectoral supports for students and their families,” President Patrick Maze said in the news release.
Canada tied with Finland for fourth among the 72 countries in overall results. Singapore, Japan and Estonia ranked ahead of Canada.
The OECD testing focuses on application of skills and knowledge in specific subjects, but isn’t connected to curriculum.