CHINESE COUNTERPARTS THREE YEARS AHEAD IN MATHEMATICS
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.
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?