U.S. Students Show No Improvement on International Tests

Students in 4 Chinese regions topped the Oecd rankings in reading mathematics and science

Students in 4 Chinese regions topped the Oecd rankings in reading mathematics and science

A report has outlined a snapshot of which states and territories need the most improvement when it comes to education.

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study by the OECD in member and non-member-nations measuring 15-year-olds' scholastic performance in mathematics, science and reading every three years.

Australia recorded a national average of 491 in maths and 503 in both reading and science.

He said the results also moved the country up into the middle one-third countries participating in the global assessment, from being in the bottom one-third in previous cycles.

Meanwhile, England's average score for reading was similar to Scotland and Northern Ireland, and all three had scores "significantly higher" than Wales.

The NSW performance in reading (493) and science (496) dropped more than anywhere else while maths (489) is also below the national average.

The Northern Territory and Tasmania recorded the worst results with the same scores in maths (465) and science (481).

Though the ranking of USA students improved among those of other countries, scores were statistically unchanged compared to those from 2015, when the assessment was last conducted.

The PISA results will be high on the agenda when state and federal ministers meet at a Education Council meeting in Alice Springs next week.

As MOE has put in place measures to reduce the emphasis on grades, he said: "It would be interesting to look at the next Pisa results to see if these changes will change the way parents and students think".

As well as coming below countries in the Far East, the United Kingdom also ranked below other European countries such as Estonia, Slovenia and Poland for all three subjects.

The survey suggested that interventions should be made to the students of countries, like the Philippines, where relationship between a student's socio-economic status and performance is strong.

"On a scale of 0 to 1,000, average scores in mathematics literacy across the education systems ranged from 591 in B-S-J-Z (China) to 325 in the Dominican Republic", stated NCES.

Some 600,000 students in 79 countries and economies completed the test in 2018, representing about 32 million 15-year-olds.

China was top in all subjects, but its score was calculated using results from just four of its provinces -Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang - which are also some of its most affluent.

Education Minister Dan Tehan admitted the outcome from last year's results was disappointing and "should have alarm bells ringing" among state and territory governments.

'Our students should be ranked among the best in the world.

On Singapore losing top spot in the rankings, Mr Sng said: "We didn't take part in the Pisa to try to beat every country".

"My message to the state and territory education ministers is this: leave the teachers' union talking points at home and be ambitious", he said.

School bullying is also something that can't be ignored.

In a new category to test their perception of failure, students were asked to respond to three statements to assess how they felt when faced with failure.

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