PISA Results

Canadian Education ranks among the best in the world

PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is a collaborative effort among member countries of the OECD (the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). It is designed to provide international indicators of the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students and shed light on a range of factors that contribute to successful students, schools, education systems, and learning environments.

Information gathered through PISA enables a thorough comparative analysis of the performance of students near the end of their compulsory education. It also permits exploration of the ways that achievement varies across different social and economic groups, and the factors that influence achievement within and among countries. Students are tested on their skills and knowledge in three core learning areas: mathematics, reading, and science.

In 2018, about 600,000 students in 79 countries completed the organization for Economic Cooperation and Development test. Among the provinces, Alberta students scored above the Canadian average.

According to the 2018 PISA international ranking shows Alberta is still top of the class in reading and Science. Regarding Alberta's 2018 PISA standings Alberta Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange stated: "...2018 PISA results for 15-year-old students reaffirms that Alberta continues to provide our students with a high-quality education..."


Science - averaged 534      3rd in the world
Reading- averaged 532       3rd in the world
Math - averaged 511           8th in the world


  • 4th in Reading
  • 6th in Science
  • 10th in Math