Nova Scotia

N.S. students doing better in math but not up to national average

Grade 8 students in Nova Scotia are doing better in math and are holding their own in reading and science, but still aren’t meeting the national average.

Grade 8 students holding their own in reading and science in 2013 Pan-Canadian assessment

Math results were up 14 points compared to the last assessment to an average score of 488. The Canadian average is 508. (CBC)

Grade 8 students in Nova Scotia are doing better in math and are holding their own in reading and science, but still aren’t meeting the national average.

Results of the 2013 Pan-Canadian assessment were released Tuesday. The tests were given to more than 2,700 Nova Scotia students in 141 schools.

The students are assessed in math, reading and science every three years. The study also looks at trends in gender and language.

Nova Scotia students scored an average of 492 in science, with the Canadian average at 500.

Reading results were on par with the 2010 assessment with a score of 488. The Canadian average for reading was 509.

The gender gap was noticeable in reading, with girls scoring an average of 22 points higher than boys.

Math results were up 14 points compared to the last assessment to an average score of 488. The Canadian average is 508. There was little difference in the results between boys and girls.

The full Pan-Canadian Assessment Program report is available online at www.cmec.ca.

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