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Education and Early Childhood Development

Program of National and International Assessments

Nova Scotia's participation in national and international assessments provides information about how our education system performs in relation to education systems nationally and internationally. Each national and international assessment provides performance data, in depth analysis, and contextual reports that allow us to gather information about factors that affect educational outcomes in a provincial, national, and international context.

Information about the purpose, design, administration, scoring, and results of the national and international assessments administered in Nova Scotia is available through the links in the left column of this page.

Participation in National and International Assessments

Assessment Participants Subject
Program of International Reading Literacy Studies (PIRLS)
(every 5 years)
Grade 4 students Reading
Pan-Canadian Assessment Program

(every 3 years)
Grade 8 students Mathematics, Reading, Science
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
(every 3 years)
15-year-old students Mathematics, Reading, Science