Publications

Research Monographs: Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Understanding the Early Years (UEY) reports were prepared in 2010 for:
Willms, J.D. (2010, March). Understanding The Early Years in Burnaby, British Columbia: A community research report. Ottawa, ON: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

And the communities and regions of: New Westminster, British Columbia; West Kootenay, British Columbia; North Peace-Northern Rockies, British Columbia; Kamloops, British Columbia; Cowichan Valley, British Columbia; Red Deer, Alberta; Moose Jaw – South-Central Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan; Regina, Saskatchewan; Southeast Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan; Selkirk-Interlake, Manitoba; Malton, Ontario; Georgina, Ontario; Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough, Nova Scotia; Cape Breton – Victoria, Nova Scotia.

Willms, J.D. & Gibbings, J. (2009). Longitudinal Surveys of Children and Youth in OECD countries: Implications for the Design of a New Canadian Study. Report prepared for the Knowledge and Data Management Directorate Human Resource and Social Development Canada. Ottawa, ON.

Understanding the Early Years (UEY) reports were prepared in 2008 for:
Willms, J.D. (2008). [Integrated Report]. Early childhood development in Canadian communities: Findings from the Understanding the Early Years initiative. Ottawa, ON: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

And the communities and regions of: Campbell River; Cumberland County; Division scolaire franco-manitobaine; Greater Saint John; Greater Victoria; Halifax West and area; Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County; Lower Hamilton; Milton; Mission; Montréal Chassidic and the Orthodox Community; Niagara Region; North Shore; Northeast Saskatchewan; Northern Region of Ontario; Northumberland County; Okanagan-Similkameen; Ottawa; Pointe-de-l’Île; Sunshine Coast; Western Nova Scotia.

Willms, J.D., & Watson, B. (2008, May). Literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills of Canadian youth. Ottawa, ON: Human Resources and Social Development Canada.

Willms, J.D. (2006). Policy imperatives for the international measurement of literacy and numeracy competencies in working-age populations. Report prepared for Human Resources and Social Development Canada.

Willms, J.D. (2005, December). Risk and Protective Factors for Childhood Vulnerability: Implications for Social Development Canada’s Knowledge Strategy. Report prepared for Social Development Canada.

Willms, J.D. (2005, July). Understanding the Early Years: An Update of Early Childhood Development Results in Four Canadian Communities. Report prepared for Social Development Canada.

Willms, J.D. (2004, October). Reading Achievement in Canada and the United States: Findings from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment. Report prepared for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

Understanding the Early Years (UEY) reports were prepared in 2003 for:
Willms, J.D. (2004, September). Understanding the Early Years: Early Childhood Development in the Dixie Bloor Community of Mississauga, Ontario. Hull, Quebec: Applied Research Branch of Human Resources Development Canada.

And the communities and regions of: Montreal Study Area (Quebec); South Eastman Community, Manitoba; Abbotsford, British Columbia; Niagara Falls, Ontario; Hampton/Sussex, New Brunswick; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Southwestern Newfoundland; Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; Prince Edward Island; Winnipeg (School Division No.1).

Willms, J.D. (2003). Ten hypotheses about socioeconomic gradients and community differences in children’s developmental outcomes. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Applied Research Branch of Human Resources Development Canada.

Audas, R. & Willms, J.D. (2000). Engagement and dropping out of school: A life-course perspective. Report prepared for Human Resources Development Canada.

Willms, J.D. (1999). Inequalities in literacy skills among youth in Canada and the United States. (International Adult Literacy Survey No. 6). Ottawa, ON: Human Resources Development Canada and National Literacy Secretariat.

Baillargeon, R., Tremblay, R.E. & Willms, J.D. (1998). The prevalence of physical aggression in Canadian children: A multi-group latent class analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY). Report prepared for the Applied Research Branch, Human Resources and Development Canada.

Research Monographs: Inter-American Development Bank

Willms, J.D., Tramonte, L., Duarte, J. & Soledad, B. (2012). Assessing Education Equality and Equity with Large-Scale Assessment Data: Brazil as a Study Case. Report prepared for the Inter-American Development Bank.

Research Monographs: New Brunswick Government

Willms, J.D. (2004). An assessment of early childhood developmental outcomes in New Brunswick. Report commissioned by the New Brunswick Department of Health. Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Willms, J.D. (2000). A framework for assessing early childhood outcomes: New Brunswick’s early childhood initiative. Report prepared for the New Brunswick Department of Health and Community Services.

Willms, J.D. (1997). Improving literacy skills in New Brunswick: Challenges and strategies. Report prepared for the New Brunswick Department of Advanced Education and Labour.

Research Monographs: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Willms, J.D. (2004). Considerations from an education perspective for the proposed OECD Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIACC). Discussion paper prepared for the planning meeting of the PIACC.

OECD (2001). Knowledge and Skills for Life: First results from PISA 2000. Paris: OECD. (Willms played a lead role in the development of Chapter 8.)

Willms, J.D. & Audas, R. (2000). The content of national reports for the programme of indicators of student achievement (PISA). Report prepared for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Willms, J.D. (2000). Three hypotheses about community effects relevant to the contribution of human and social capital to sustaining economic growth and well-being. Report prepared for Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Human Resources Development Canada.

Willms, J.D. with Harris, S. (1998). Discussion paper on measuring socioeconomic status with the student questionnaires for the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment. Paper prepared for use by the Technical Advisory Group for OECD/PISA. Fredericton, N.B.: Atlantic Centre for Policy Research.

Willms, J.D. (1998). Proposal for the measurement of socioeconomic status for the focused component of the student questionnaire for the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment. Paper prepared for use by country experts and the Technical Advisory Group of the OECD/PISA.

OECD and HRDC (1997). Literacy skills for the knowledge society. Paris and Ottawa: OECD and HRDC. (Chapter 3 of the report written by Willms.)

OECD and Statistics Canada (1997). Literacy in the information age. Paris and Ottawa: OECD and Statistics Canada. (Chapter 3 of the report included textual and analytical contributions from Willms.)

Research Monographs: Statistics Canada

Willms, J.D., & Murray, T.S. (2007). International Adult Literacy Survey: Gaining and losing literacy skills over the lifecourse [catalogue no. 89-552-XIE, no. 16 (English) and No 89-552-MIF au catalogue, no 16 (French)]. Ottawa, ON: Statistics Canada.

Willms, J.D. (2005). Chapter 10: Skills, Parental Education and Literacy Practice in Daily Life. In, Statistics Canada and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Eds.), Learning a Living: First results of the adult literacy and life skills survey. Ottawa and Paris: Statistics Canada & Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Willms, J.D. (2005). Recommendations for a Measure of Socioeconomic Status for the Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP). Report prepared for Statistics Canada.

Willms, J.D. (2004). Variation in literacy skills among Canadian provinces: findings from the OECD PISA. Report commissioned by Statistics Canada. Catalogue number: 81-595-MIE20040012 {http://www.statcan.ca/cgi-bin/downpub/listpub.cgi?catno=81-595-MIE2004012}

Willms, J.D. (1998). Literacy skills in Poland. Report prepared for Statistics Canada and the World Bank.

Willms, J.D. (1997). Literacy skills of Canadian youth. Report prepared for Statistics Canada and Human Resources Development Canada.

Research Monographs: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Willms, J.D. (2006). Learning Divides: Ten Policy Questions about the Performance and Equity of Schools and Schooling Systems. Report prepared for UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Willms, J.D. & Smith, T. (2005). A Manual for Conducting Analyses with Data from TIMSS and PISA. Report prepared for UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Willms, J.D. & Somers, M.-A. (1999). Schooling outcomes in Latin America. Report prepared for UNESCO.

Research Monographs: World Bank

Willms, J.D. (2000). Standards of care: Investments to improve children’s educational outcomes in Latin America. Report prepared for the World Bank and presented at the "Year 2000 Conference on Early Childhood Development", Washington, D.C.

Willms, J.D. (1994). Analysis plan for the District Primary Education Program in India. Report prepared for the World Bank.

Research Monographs: Other Organizations

Murray, T.S., Glickman, V., Scott, D., Shillington, R., & Willms, J.D. (2010). The Relative Quality of Secondary Leavers in Ontario: A Review of the Evidence. Ottawa: DataAngel.

Willms, J.D., Friesen, S. & Milton, P. (2009). What did you do in school today? Transforming classrooms through social, academic, and intellectual engagement. (First National Report) Toronto: Canadian Education Association.

Willms, J.D. (2008). Seven Key Issues for Assessing ‘Value Added’ in Education. Paper prepared for the workshop sponsored by the National Research Council and the National Academy of Education on the use of value-added methods for instructional improvement, program evaluation and accountability. Washington, D.C.

Willms, J.D. (2008). Structural Innovations to Raise and Level the Learning Bar in Regina Public Schools. Regina, SK: Regina Public Schools.

Willms, J.D. (2007). Variance within and among classrooms and schools: The case of New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Education.

Willms, J.D., & Wilson-Forsberg, S. (2007). Across-grade grouping for continuous learning: Research findings and program design. Regina, SK: Regina Public School District.

Leithwood, K., Martell, G., Noonan, B. & Willms, J.D. (2005). Reversing the trend. Improving the academic achievement of Saskatchewan students. Report prepared for Saskatchewan Learning.

Willms, J.D. (2005). Indicators of Childhood Overweight and Obesity, Participation in Sports, Time Spend Watching Television, and Neighbourhood Quality, based on data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. Report prepared for Active Healthy Kids Canada.

Willms, J.D. (2003). PISA 2000: Socioeconomic status and reading performance of French- and Italian-speaking Swiss students. Report commissioned by the Service de la Recherche en Éducation Genève, Switzerland.

Willms, J.D., & Flanagan, P. (2002). Programs to increase access to post-secondary education: A research paper prepared for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

Willms, J.D., & Flanagan, P. (2002). Ready or not? Literacy skills and post-secondary education. Montreal, QC: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

Willms, J.D. (1998). Assessment strategies for Title I of the Improving America’s Schools Act. Report prepared for the Committee on Title I Testing and Assessment of the National Academy of Sciences.

Willms, J.D. (1998). Sector differentials in adult literacy skills in Northern Ireland. Report prepared for the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.