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Tech & Science Australian students behind in maths, reading and science, PISA education study shows

10:25  03 december  2019
10:25  03 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

'Alarm bells': Australian students record worst result in global tests

  '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.

Australian students ’ scientific literacy has declined by 17 points since 2006, equivalent to seven Australian students ' results in maths and science falling in international rankings. Read more. The Pisa results follow the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Timms)

The Programme for International Student Assessment ( PISA ) is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

a person standing in front of a store: Sarah Matthews, who changed careers to teach maths, said the results were © Provided by ABC NEWS Sarah Matthews, who changed careers to teach maths, said the results were "disheartening". (ABC News: Jordan Fontalvo)

A global study of more than half a million 15-year-olds has found 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.

Education Minister says 'alarm bells should be ringing' over poor student test results

  Education Minister says 'alarm bells should be ringing' over poor student test results Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan tells state and territory governments to refocus on education basics after Australian students register record low results in reading, maths and science in an international report.The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, released on Tuesday, found the maths skills of Australian students have fallen back at least a year compared to their international counterparts.

Singapore has the highest achieving students in international education rankings, with its teenagers coming top in tests in maths , reading and science . What is Pisa ? In three sentences. The Programme for International Student Assessment ( Pisa ) provides education rankings based on

The proportion of Australian 15-year-olds who are reaching international baseline levels in maths , reading and science has fallen significantly over a decade, and federal Education Minister Simon Only 79 per cent of year 10 students reached the international baseline level for maths in 2015

PISA national project manager Sue Thomson described the results as a "wake-up call".

"We're not giving them the skills that they need in maths or in reading or in science," she said.

"We're not giving them the same level of skills as they are in other countries.

"That is a concern, particularly in a global economy where our kids will compete with kids all over the world."

States falling behind

Across Australia the results were varied.

In reading, maths, and science, students in South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory fell below the OECD average for the first time.

The nation's capital was the best performer, with the ACT and Western Australia both beating the average.

New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland met the average.

In China, Nicholas studied maths 20 hours a week. In Australia, it's three

  In China, Nicholas studied maths 20 hours a week. In Australia, it's three Australian students lag more than 3.5 years behind Chinese students in maths, with one student pointing to longer hours and a more cut-throat culture in China.After breakfast and brushing his teeth, he would sit down for 45 minutes of maths and science revision. Classes ran from 8.30am to 6pm, with some small breaks, before three more hours of homework in the evening.

The Programme for International Student Assessment ( Pisa ) provides education rankings based on international tests taken by 15-year-olds in maths , reading and science . The tests, run by the OECD and taken every three years, have become increasingly influential on politicians who see their

The Pisa tests are the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment , in which the ability of 15-year-olds is tested every three years in "Pupils in England have continued to perform well in reading and science and have made significant improvement in maths ," said Carole Willis, chief

Overall, the report found Australian students had fallen behind by a full school year in maths, and almost a school year in reading and science.

The Australian student performance was lower than China, Singapore, Estonia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Korea and Poland.

It was on par with countries such as Sweden, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, among others.

Results 'disheartening'

A decade ago, former academic Sarah Matthews saw firsthand what the PISA results are showing.

Realising students were developing anxiety about maths, she made a rare move to leave behind a university research career to begin frontline teaching.

She now runs a maths breakfast at Brisbane Bayside State College to help teachers and students lose their fear of maths.

"What I'm trying to do [is] make teachers and students believe and understand that maths is about creativity and problem solving," Dr Matthews said.

Australian students 'among the worst in the world' for class discipline

  Australian students 'among the worst in the world' for class discipline Australian classrooms are among the least disciplined in the world, according to a global survey, with many students reporting that they cannot work well.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.

Australian students ' performance in maths and reading has fallen over the past decade while other countries improve. The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment ( PISA ) results from 2012 reveal the downward trend also applies to reading results and, to a lesser extent, science

However, international comparisons from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment ( PISA ) show that it's not just disadvantaged students who rank poorly. Fifteen-year-olds in the U.S. today are average in science and reading literacy, and below average in mathematics , compared to

Dr Matthews has since won awards for helping students lift their maths results.

She described the PISA results as "disheartening".

"I think we need to think long and hard about what approach are we going to use to improve," she said.

"We obviously need to get kids thinking."

Her year 8 student Josh Tolley said Dr Matthews's application of maths to real-world situations changed his mind about maths.

"She makes it not boring," he said.

Blame game

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," he said.

"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," she said.

Australia's failing education system 'is a national tragedy' .
The Institute of Public Affairs’ Gideon Rozner says recent findings into Australia’s failing education system is “a national tragedy”. Results from an international student assessment revealed Australian students were falling behind other developed countries in reading, maths, and science. The performance of Australian students in mathematics and science have fallen to the nation's lowest ever level.“I would like to see the national curriculum abolished outright,” Mr Rozner told Sky News. “I think it’s a recipe for mediocrity”.

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