Canada should finally create an expanded program of national testing of students.
In each subject, the country's average scores have been declining over time.
The urbanized region represents only 13 per cent of the country's total population.
Among the provinces, B.C. had the second-largest decline in science.
In Ontario, schools were closed for a cumulative 29 weeks during the pandemic.
Standardized testing provides an objective assessment of student progress and proficiency in core subjects.
During the pandemic, most provinces suspended their testing programs.
Provincewide assessments allow the public to see how students are doing in school.