Australian results decline in international test
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test results were released last week, showing a further decline in the skills of our 15-year-olds
. In 2000, Australia was ranked second in both reading and maths. Now we are ranked 10th in reading and 17th in maths. Worryingly, 42% of our 15-year-olds failed to meet minimum standards in maths and 36% in reading.
Inequity was also highlighted, with an equivalent of two-and-a-half years of schooling separating the results of students in the highest socioeconomic quartile from the results of students in the lowest quartile. While ACT students
topped the nation, inequity here is a real issue, with only the Northern Territory showing a greater link between socioeconomic status and performance.