Access to Post-secondary Education: How Ontario Compares

This project used the Youth in Transition Survey (YITS-A) data to compare participation in PSE between Ontario and other Canadian regions, tracking the educational pathways of a sample of Canadians born in 1984 from the period of 1999 (when they were 15 and in high school) to 2006 (when they were 22 years old). In comparison to previous studies, this project explored not only the critical family income and parental education factors, but also the role of high school grades and reading scores from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) evaluation. While grades and test scores are strongly related to PSE participation throughout Canada (university in particular), family income matters less in Ontario than in other jurisdictions and grade and PISA score effects are among the strongest, indicating that Ontario may have a particularly ‘meritocratic’ system of access to PSE.

Documents: 
Access to Post-secondary Education: How Ontario Compares
Ross Finnie, Stephen Childs, and Andrew Wismer, 2011
Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario