The Atlantic ministers of education and training reinforced the Atlantic premiers’ call to increase federal funding to provinces and territories for post-secondary education and training at a meeting in Brudenell, P.E.I. The ministers also announced a number of regional initiatives to improve student achievement in Atlantic schools. Post-Secondary EducationThe Atlantic ministers of education and training were unanimous in their praise of provincial and territorial premiers for the high profile given to post-secondary education and skills training at the August meeting of the Council of the Federation (COF). Ministers noted that the themes communicated by COF closely match the ministers’ desire to engage the federal government in support of greater investment in education. Ministers of education and training met with Jean-Marc Fournier, Quebec Minister of Education, and shared their regional post-secondary and training needs with their Quebec counterpart. Quebec and Ontario have been tasked by the premiers to co-chair a summit on post-secondary education later in the fall. The Atlantic ministers noted that they have been working together for some time and have identified a number of priority areas, including: The Atlantic ministers, who co-operate through the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET), also emphasized that Atlantic Canada has unique challenges that need to be recognized in any debate on federal funding transfers. The ministers of education and training also met with the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), and Atlantic Provinces Community College Consortium (APCCC) to consult on Atlantic Canada’s priorities relating to post-secondary education and training. These discussions allowed for a constructive dialogue and a better understanding of how the various organizations can work together in response to the pressing needs of students and institutions. Improving Student PerformanceAs one measure of achievement, Atlantic Canadian students have participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and School Achievement Indicators Program (SAIP). These assessment programs are administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. The ministers of education and training met with Robert Crocker of Atlantic Evaluation and Research Consultants, and Doug Willms, director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick, both acknowledged experts in the study of student assessment, public policy and school effectiveness. Ministers of education and training recognized that success in learning is impacted by numerous factors, none of them decisive. Measurable improvement requires attention to many factors simultaneously. The ministers agreed that CAMET will pursue five new projects that are intended to address concerns shared by Atlantic departments of education and training: -30- Post-secondary infrastructure and deferred maintenance — in partnership with institutions and the federal government, the Atlantic provinces acknowledge an urgent need for renewal of facilities and an upgrade of technology to increase the ability of the region’s institutions to provide adequate access and relevant training; Adult literacy programs — with an emphasis on broadening the delivery of services and raising adult literacy levels in a meaningful and measurable way; Skills development — by investing in resources to improve recognition of prior learning, increase the quality of on-the-job training, and harmonize apprenticeship training programs across the provinces; R&D capacity — to support Atlantic R&D activity and increase economic development in the area of advanced manufacturing, enhancing the level of knowledge industries, life sciences and value-added natural resources. These projects will complement existing and planned provincial initiatives in the area of student performance. CAMET ActivitiesThe ministers of education and training also reviewed the progress of the CAMET work plan and noted the completion of several important initiatives: Social Studies Classroom Resource — Entry to Grade 2 Changing Your World Trousse d’appréciation de rendement en lecture: immersion française L’emploi du français en classe de français de base. Use of Instructional Time Improving Student Learning through Homework Learning in Rural Schools Teacher Assignment Student Motivation and Persistence.