Perceptions of a National Achievement Assessment Program


  • Marielle Simon University of Ottawa
  • Renée Forgette-Giroux University of Ottawa



Achievement Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Student Evaluations, Test Use


The School Achievement Indicators Program (SAIP) has been collecting data across Canada on 13- and 16-year-old student achievement in mathematics, in science, and in reading and writing since 1993. In 1999, it completed its second assessment cycle and was reviewed in Spring 2000. The review design included a survey of officials from all the school boards/districts that participated in the science assessment program held in 1999. The results of this study show that this stakeholder views as the most pressing issue for SAIP to succeed in its mandate, the need for development in four areas: a) Increased teacher and student motivation to participate wholeheartedly in the program; b) Effective dissemination options; c) Leadership through innovation in teaching and in assessment practices despite high accountability orientation; and d) Cost-effective, yet rigorous means of providing both snapshot information and longitudinal means of comparisons. Although universally appealing, such approaches have yet to be supported by sound educational theory and methodology.


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Author Biographies

Marielle Simon, University of Ottawa

Marielle Simon is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa where she teaches courses in research methods, assessment, measurement and evaluation. She specializes in classroom and large-scale assessment, with particular focus on portfolio assessment and reporting.

Renée Forgette-Giroux, University of Ottawa

Renée Forgette-Giroux is Professor with the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. Her studies also focus on classroom and large-scale assessment. She has published on portfolio assessment and grading. She teaches courses in educational research, statistics and assessment.




How to Cite

Simon, M., & Forgette-Giroux, R. (2002). Perceptions of a National Achievement Assessment Program. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 10, 46.