'Abused and intimidated': Australia a world leader in school bullying
Experts say high rates of bullying in schools is the result of a wider problem with violence and lack of respect for authority in the community.More than a third of secondary school principals said intimidation and bullying occurred at least weekly between students, compared with an OECD average of 14 per cent, the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) found.
Australian classrooms are among the least disciplined in the world, according to a global survey, with a high proportion of students saying their learning time is lost to noise and disorder and they cannot work well in class.
Australia ranked a lowly 70th out of 77 participating nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s 2018 index of disciplinary climate, released on Wednesday.
Australian students behind in maths, reading and science, PISA education study shows
A worldwide study of more than half a million 15-year-olds shows Australian students lag 3.5 years behind their Chinese counterparts in maths — and their performance in all three major subjects is in long-term decline. The 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, out today, found for the first time since the survey began some Australian states scored below the OECD average in maths literacy. As well as lagging well behind Chinese children in maths, the study also found Australian students had fallen more than a year behind their Singaporean counterparts in reading.
The index is based on an international survey of 600,000 15-year-old students’ views about the level of discipline in the classroom, with a high proportion of Australian students reporting that the teacher is not listened to and it regularly takes a long time for the class to quieten down.
The only countries that fared worse than Australia for classroom unruliness were Belgium, the Philippines, Spain, Greece, France, Brazil and Argentina.
South Korean students were the best-behaved on the index, followed by Kazakhstan, Albania, China and Japan.
The index is part of the OECD’s triennial Programme for International Student Assessment, in which Australia also recorded its worst results in reading, maths and science.
For most countries, classroom discipline improved between 2009 and 2018, the OECD report said.
'Alarm bells': Australian students record worst result in global tests
Australian students have failed for the first time to exceed the OECD average in maths, while NSW recorded the country's biggest drops in reading and science.Australian students have recorded their worst results in international tests, failing for the first time to exceed the OECD average in maths while also tumbling down global rankings in reading and science.
But Australia was one of a minority of countries where it deteriorated, with a higher proportion of students reporting that the teacher has to wait a long time for students to settle down, that students cannot work well and that they don’t start learning for a long time after the lesson begins.
Australian students are 'plummeting down the educational table'
Australian Catholic University Senior Research Fellow Dr Kevin Donnelly says the issue of Australia’s sliding education ranking is “a real problem”. Dr Donnelly’s comments come following the release of the Programme for International Student Assessment results, which shows Australian students are falling behind other developed countries in reading, maths and science.The results represented a long-term decline in student performance, and showed the performance of Australian teenagers in mathematics had fallen to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average.
The results also revealed a gender split, with all-girl classes and mixed classes that were more than 60 per cent girls reporting better discipline than all-boy classes or classes with more than 60 per cent boys.
Associate Professor Jihyun Lee of UNSW Sydney, an expert on large-scale assessments such as PISA, said the result suggested Australia needed to seriously address the issue of classroom discipline.
“We are basically among the worst in the world and that has been ignored,” she said.
Australian schoolkids are among the NAUGHTIEST in the world - and boys are to blame with all-male classrooms more unruly than those with just girls
The OECD's What School Life Means for Students' Lives report, which was released on Wednesday, showed Australia ranked a lowly 70th out of 77 countries for classroom behaviour. Australia landed just ahead of Belgium, the Philippines, Spain, Greece, France, Brazil and Argentina. The report showed classroom behaviour in Australia had become worse between 2009 and 2018, with a higher volume of students claiming students take a long time to settle down and students not being able to work well.
“If students don’t want to listen to what the teacher says, if there is noise and disorder in a learning space, and if a teacher has to wait for a long time for students to quiet down, how can we expect students to learn effectively in school?”
East Asian countries consistently ranked higher on the index than wealthy Western nations, just as they mostly outranked them on reading, maths and science.
“An Asian country is high on discipline because that’s what they think a school is for. A lot of rich countries are low on discipline,” Associate Professor Lee said.
But she cautioned that the OECD report did not make a direct link between Australia’s poor ranking on the index of disciplinary climate and its slipping academic performance.
The survey found Australian teachers regularly face an environment that is noisy and disordered.
The results were based on students’ responses to a series of statements: students don’t listen to what the teacher says; there is noise and disorder; the teacher has to wait a long time for students to quiet down; students cannot work well; students don’t start working for a long time after the lesson begins.
Should Australia be in PISA shock?
From every viewpoint, the Australian PISA results were a bad set of numbers. Should we be in shock, asks an Australian who led the OECD's latest global test of 15-year-olds.Germany experienced ‘PISA shock’ in 2000 when, contrary to expectations, its scores were not only below the OECD average but, in a country which has historically prided itself on its egalitarianism, the results showed a strong link between socio-economic status and student performance. Disadvantaged and immigrant students did poorly when compared to others. The nation’s self-perception of a high-performing and equitable system was seriously shaken.
A total of 42.9 per cent of Australian students reported there was noise and disorder in most or all of their classes, compared with an OECD average of 31.5 per cent.
Julie Podbury, the Australian Principals’ Federation Victorian branch president, said the results did not match her impression of schools.
“When I go into schools I see order, so I find it very hard to reconcile that ranking with what I see,” Ms Podbury said.
In the broader PISA test, Australian students met the OECD average for mathematical literacy – their worst result in the test’s history – and were above average for reading and science.
But the consistent pattern was one of decline, putting today’s 15-year-old students about one year behind where they were at the turn of the millennium.
Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said the nation needed to do better.
“We have to get back to putting literacy and numeracy at the base of everything that we do,” Mr Tehan said. “And we have got to make sure that when it comes to our education system, we allow our teachers to teach.”
End of an era as Queensland students receive final OP scores .
Year 12 graduates will be able to access their OP results online on Saturday before the state adopts the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank system. More than 37,000 Queensland year 12 students have graduated in 2019, with about 35,000 students receiving a Queensland Certificate of Education.Of those, about 18,000 will receive an Overall Position and be able to access their results online on Saturday. There will be 535 Queensland students with the highest score, an OP1, and about 15,000 will receive an OP between 1 and 15.