10/07/2014 02:07 EDT | Updated 12/07/2014 05:59 EST

Review of Nova Scotia school curriculum coming Oct. 30, education minister says

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's education minister says she will receive the report of a panel reviewing the province's school curriculum on Oct. 30 and present it in the legislature at that time.

Karen Casey says the panel led by former lieutenant governor and teacher Myra Freeman, is expected to include short- and long-term changes to the education system, some of which could be introduced later this year.

It is the first time in 25 years that Nova Scotia has conducted such a review.

Casey made the announcement while responding to a national report that says while Grade 8 students in the province have improved in math, literacy and science, they remain below the Canadian average.

Casey says the results show that the government can do more to support students and address issues such as teacher-student ratios in classrooms.