Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador made the grade in the first-ever administration of the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS 2013), the results of which were published this morning in Amsterdam.
ICILS 2013 was administered to a random sample of approximately 60,000 Grade 8 students from about 3,300 schools in 20 countries, including two Canadian provinces -- Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The study investigates the ways in which young people understand and use information and communication technology (ICT) in the digital age and is the first of its kind to assess Grade 8 students' acquisition of computer information literacy (CIL) skills using an international comparative research perspective.
ICILS is coordinated by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an independent cooperative of research institutions and governmental agencies of which Canada is a participating member. ICILS 2013 was funded in Canada by participating provinces under the aegis of CMEC.
- No country had a significantly higher achievement than Ontario. Newfoundland and Labrador outperformed close to three quarters of participating countries/regions.
- The percentage of students achieving the highest levels of proficiency for both Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador is higher than the average percentage of students across all other participating countries.
- Girls performed significantly better than boys in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador as well as in most participating countries.
- In Ontario, students enrolled in the English majority-language school system performed better than students enrolled in the French minority-language system.
- In Ontario, there is a significant difference in the results between students with at least one parent born in Canada and students with both parents born in another country.
- In both provinces, students whose parents are in the highest occupational status category performed better than students whose parents are in the lowest category.
- In Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, students are more confident in doing basic computer tasks when compared to the international average.
- Teachers in both provinces have a more positive opinion about the value of using ICT for teaching and learning than teachers in other participating countries on average.
You can access the international report and the report for Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador here: