At DEFT Learning Academy, we recognize the important function that education serves in empowering students of all ages to strive for a brighter future and a better world.  This web page has been created with the parallel interests of like-minded educators, faculty members, teachers, and parents in mind.  It is intended to be a central point of contact and repository for information and articles related to education. The content will therefore be updated from time to time.

2018.05.01 Toronto Star report:  Grade 8 math scores climb across Canada except Ontario, report finds: 
The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada report found the province’s students’ performance in math remained the same — middling.

The report may be accessed at the following Internet link:

2017 EQAO results report ... from the Huffington Post.

Comparative ranking of Ontario Elementary schools (Source: Fraser Institute):

Comparative ranking of Ontario Secondary schools (Source: Fraser Institute):

Results of the 2015 OECD PISA Study: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) evaluates the quality, equity, and efficiency of school systems. By identifying the characteristics of high-performing education systems, PISA allows governments and educators to identify effective policies that they can then adapt to their local contexts.  An excerpt from the OECD PISA study document is available here.  The 2015 OECD PISA Study document may be accessed - in its entirety - at the following Internet link: 2015 OECD PISA Study

Results of the 2015 IEA TIMSS & PIRLS Study: The International Association for the Evaluation of Academic Achievement (IEA) conducts comparative - and international - assessments of student achievement at regular intervals of time.  The TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) together comprise the core cycle of studies for IEA.  Excerpts of the results for the 2015 TIMSS studies may be found in the following documents: TIMSS Grade 4 Math, TIMSS Grade 8 Math. Information on the 2016 PIRLS Grade 4 and Grade 8 Literacy international assessments is forthcoming.

For detailed information, refer to the 2015 TIMSS & PIRLS Studies Internet link.

Article: 'How to Evaluate Reading Errors to Identify Deficiencies...'

Article (National Post, Sept. 2016) on the importance of understanding math concepts in solving word problems: 'Half of Ontario's Grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial standard for math'