The 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, published on Tuesday 26/11/19, has found Australian students sit just slightly above the OECD average in maths literacy — its lowest level since the survey began. The study of more than half a million fifteen year old students has found that Australian students are more than three years behind their Chinese counterparts in mathematics and their performance in all three of the major subjects are in long-term decline.

The PISA survey of Australian student education standards indicate they were higher in 2012. With the PISA release of 2018 results out, the media is once again bemoaning the falling of our students in the following tables

on the standards of our Australian education system. This shows that at least half of Australia’s high school students have flunked the minimum international standards.

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The program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which surveys the learning standards of 15-year old students in more than 70 countries throughout the world, shows that Australian and UK student scores on reading skills, mathematics and scientific literacy have recorded statistically significant declines since 2000, while poor countries have continued to improve.

The results are expected to dominate next week’s Education Council meeting in Alice Springs, which will see state ministers and education leaders discuss Australia-wide education strategies. Speaking about the PISA report, federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said it should have alarm bells ringing. The time has come for us to change direction, my message to the state and territory education ministers is this: leave the teacher’s union talking points at home and be ambitious.”

Labor’s Tanya Plibersek said Mr Tehan should take the blame. “This should be a huge wake-up call for Scott Morrison and the Liberals who’ve seen school test scores plummet on their watch, my message to the state and territory education ministers is this: leave the teacher’s union talking points at home and be ambitious.

“The ACT was the highest-performing jurisdiction across all domains; however, its scores have declined in the long term.  The same applies to NSW, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. In Queensland and Victoria, reading scores were stable, but maths and science fell sharply.

The natural response is to blame someone. Parent groups point the finger at some of our teachers who encouraged students to attend climate change protests.

Others blame a lack of government funding. However, much of this ignores the most important question: “Who is responsible for someone’s learning?”Are teachers the ones ultimately responsible for a young person’s learning? Are their parents the ones who are responsible?

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found student performance has declined by the equivalent of more than a full school year in maths and almost a full year in reading and science.
Australia ranked 16th in reading, 29th in maths and 17th in science, while the grouped Chinese provinces of Beijing-Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang topped each category.

Cartoon for Australian Newspaper by Johannes Leak    Click to enlarge


  1. Elizabeth Toovey says:

    The school children have lost a fortnight of vital education time by attending these climate crisis protests in the city thanks to the encouragement of their left wing teachers. No wonder our children are becoming dunces. Can you imagine this happening in China ??

  2. Terry Webb says:

    You would think that these disastrous education numbers would be more of a concern to government than the fear of a climate catastrophe that is creating hysteria among our school children. China is not falling for all this climate warming BS that’s why they are three years ahead of us in education…why expect otherwise!

  3. Patricia says:

    I have written to the minister responsible asking why my child should lose a week of schooling just because her teacher wants the class to attend a “climate extinction” rally in the city. Our taxes are paying these bastards to educate our children’s properly and not to impose some left wing lunacy. You won’t see any of these cowardly teachers at these rallies leading their students. Meanwhile my daughter has to stay home while her classmates do the teacher’s dirty work.

  4. Outsider says:

    You can’t blame the teachers entirely for every kid getting involved in social media. Also the education department must step in and remove this ridiculous climate change theory from the school curriculum because it is a distraction from their learning. And above all stop all this gender diversity/identity rubbish, they can sort all that out when they are old enough to rationalize.

  5. Too late to worry says:

    Australian students are rocketing up the ladder in global warming studies, refugee studies, indigenous studies and gender diversity so what is there to be concerned about?

  6. Janice says:

    The mother of Greta Thunberg has allowed her to be used as a marionette and has cashed in on her “fame” by writing a book extolling Greta’s special talents which includes her ability to see carbon dioxide coming out of chimneys. She will not think kindly of her mother in years to come for allowing her to be exploited and for writing such rubbish.

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