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PISA Pathways to Success: How Knowledge and Skills at Age 15 Shape Future Lives in Canada (Edition complète ‐ ISBN 9789264081925 ‐ Fr. à paraître)

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Presents the findings of Canada's Youth in Transition Survey, which complements OECD's PISA survey and offers significant new policy insights in understanding students' choices at different ages and the impact of these decisions on consequent education and labour market outcomes. YITS is a longitudinal study that tracks 30 000 Canadian students who took part in the PISA 2000 assessment and, with interviews every two years, follows their progress from secondary school into higher education and the labour market.

Executive Summary

List of Acromyms

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Case of Llinking PISA with Longitudinal Studies



‐Measuring the educational, labour market and social outcomes in relation to competencies acquired early in life

‐A rationale for a longitudinal extension of PISA


‐Organisation of this report

Chapter 2. PISA 2000 and the Canadian Context


‐Importance of linking assessments and longitudinal projects for policy

‐PISA overview

‐‐What PISA measures

‐YITS overview

‐‐Advantages of YITS

‐Overview of Canada and its education systems


Chapter 3. Starting Right: Canadian Results from PISA 2000



‐Canadian performance in PISA 2000

‐School socio‐economic intake and PISA scores

‐Student characteristics and PISA scores

‐‐Socio‐economic Status

‐‐Family structure

‐‐Country of birth

‐‐Rural‐urban differences

‐‐Language minority groups

‐‐Parental involvement

‐Student characteristics considered together


Chapter 4. Decisions after School: Pathways Followed by the Cohort Born in 1984


‐Introduction: the importance of post‐secondary education

‐Rates of access to post‐secondary education

‐Pathways to education and work

‐Pathways to university and achievement in PISA 2000

‐Pathways to college and achievement in PISA 2000

‐Summary of pathways to post‐secondary education

‐Pathways to work and achievement in PISA 2000


Chapter 5. Predicting Success: Key Characteristics of Youth Affecting Transitions to Education and the Labour Market



‐Patterns in pathways to educational attainment

‐PISA scores and progression and attainment in post‐secondary education

‐Can improved PISA scores increase levels of educational attainment?

‐Transitions between education, work and inactivity in the context of PISA reading and mathematics scores

‐Characteristics that predict transitions between education, work and inactivity


Chapter 6. Acquiring Human Capital: the Relationship of PISA Reading Proficiencies and the Pathway to Higher Education  



‐What outcomes and background characteristics are used in the analysis?

‐Characteristics of young Canadians without post‐secondary education who enter college and enter university

‐‐Demographic and socio‐economic characteristics 

‐‐Educational antecedents and geographic location

‐Determinants of participation in post‐secondary education: what are the most important characteristics?

‐Difference in characteristics of young Canadians who leave education without a post‐secondary education qualification, obtain a post‐secondary education qualification and are still studying in post‐secondary education

‐‐Demographic and socio‐economic characteristics

‐‐Educational antecedents and geographic location

‐Determinants of educational persistence: what are the most important characteristics?

‐Characteristics of young Canadians associated with various fields of study at university

‐‐Demographic and socio‐economic characteristics 

‐‐Educational antecedents and geographic location

‐Determinants of choice of field of study at university: what are the most important characteristics?


Chapter 7. Competent Pathways to Work: PISA Scores and Labour Market Returns



‐Relationship between PISA scores and earnings at age 21

‐‐What characteristics predict hourly earnings of young Canadians at age 21?

‐The relationship between PISA scores and unemployment

‐‐What characteristics predict unemployment of young Canadians?


Chapter 8. Conclusion


‐Synergies between PISA and YITS

‐Overview of evidence from longitudinal analyses

‐The importance of integrating PISA with longitudinal surveys for effective policy making


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‐Chapter 3

‐Chapter 4

‐Chapter 5

‐Chapter 6

‐Chapter 7

Annex A. Countries Other Than Canada Implementing a Longitudinal Research Component with PISA

Annex B. Data Tables and Technical Information 
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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