Cdn Gr 8 students perform well in international ICT assessment

November 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

The Council of Ministers of Education in Canada (CMEC) have posted 2 reports under the main title Preparing for Life in the Digital Age. 

One volume is subtitled The IEA International Computer and Literacy  Study International Report:

” The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) 2013 sheds some light on students’ knowledge and abilities in the key areas of information and technology literacy. The study was carried out by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an independent, international cooperative of national research agencies. For over 50 years, IEA has conducted large scale comparative studies of educational achievement and reported on key aspects of education systems and processes in a number of curriculum areas, including literacy, mathematics, and science, and also civic and citizenship education.(p. 3)

The CIL construct combines information literacy, critical thinking, technical skills, and communication skills applied across a range of contexts and for a range of purposes. The variations in CIL proficiency show that while some of the young people participating in ICILS were independent and critical users of ICT, there were many who were not. (p. 24)

To some extent, this conclusion challenges perspectives of young people as digital natives with a self-developed capacity to use digital technology. Even though we can discern within the ICILS findings high levels of access to ICT and high levels of use of these technologies by young people in and (especially) outside school, we need to remain aware of the large variations in CIL proficiency within and across the ICILS countries. (p. 24)”

The second volume is subtitled Results for Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador :

” The results of the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) —which investigates how young people know, understand, and use information and communication technology (ICT) — demonstrate that students in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador performed well compared to students in other participating countries. No participating country performed significantly better than Ontario while five countries and Ontario performed significantly better than Newfoundland and Labrador. (p. 53)”

Read the EQAO summary here.

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