MEDIA RELEASE: AUSTRALIA’S READING, MATHS, AND SCIENCE RESULTS SET TO BE AMONG WORLD’S WORST - THURSDAY, 5 DECEMBER 2019

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 
GRAHAM PERRETT MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MEMBER FOR MORETON
  
AUSTRALIA’S READING, MATHS, AND SCIENCE RESULTS SET TO BE AMONG WORLD’S WORST

Australia’s results in reading, maths, and science are on track to be some of the worst in the developed world, unless serious action is taken to reverse falling school standards.
 
A detailed analysis of international tests shows that if results continue to drop at current levels, Australia’s performance in maths will be the fifth worst in the developed world by 2030 – or 32nd out of the 36 OECD countries (down from 5th in 2000).
 

 
In science, Australia’s performance would drop to 31st (down from 7th in 2000).
 
In reading, Australia’s performance would drop to 23rd (down from 4th in 2000).
 
It means Australia will have gone from one of the top performers to one of the worst. 
 
This is a crisis.
 
Australian schools should be at the top of the pack, not the bottom. 
 
After six years of talk, after six years of failing our schoolkids, the Liberals must act to fix this serious problem. 
 
The results of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment, released earlier this week, saw Australian students record their worst results in reading, maths, and science since international testing began. 
 
Our schoolkids are now a year or more behind in these basic subjects.
 
For the first time ever, Australia’s performance in maths is no better than the global average. 
 
Australia has now fallen behind the Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, and Estonia.
 
This should be a huge wake-up call for Scott Morrison and the Liberals, who’ve seen school test scores plummet on their watch. 
 
Australia’s falling performance is alarming.
 
Sadly, after more than six years in government, Scott Morrison and the Liberals are doing nothing to turn this dire situation around.
 
Australian schoolkids just aren’t getting the basics under their belts anymore.
 
If our kids can’t read, write, and do maths and science, then the Government has failed our kids.
 
Those subjects are the building blocks of a good education.
 
THURSDAY, 5 DECEMBER 2019
 

 

OECD countries

MATHS

1

Japan

527

2

Korea

526

3

Estonia

523

4

Netherlands

519

5

Poland

516

6

Switzerland

515

7

Canada

512

8

Denmark

509

9

Slovenia

509

10

Belgium

508

11

Finland

507

12

Sweden

502

13

United Kingdom (except Scotland)

502

14

Norway

501

15

Germany

500

16

Ireland

500

17

Austria

499

18

Czech Republic

499

19

Latvia

496

20

France

495

21

Iceland

495

22

New Zealand

494

23

Portugal

492

 

AUSTRALIA 2018

491

24

Italy

487

25

Slovak Republic

486

26

Luxembourg

483

27

Hungary

481

28

Lithuania

481

29

Spain

481

30

United States

478

31

Israel

463

32

AUSTRALIA 2030 (PROJECTED)

463

33

Turkey

454

34

Greece

451

35

Chile

417

36

Mexico

409

 

 

OECD countries

SCIENCE

1

Estonia

530

2

Japan

529

3

Finland

522

4

Korea

519

5

Canada

518

6

Poland

511

7

New Zealand

508

8

Slovenia

507

9

United Kingdom (except Scotland)

505

10

Netherlands

503

11

Germany

503

 

AUSTRALIA 2018

503

12

United States

502

13

Belgium

499

14

Sweden

499

15

Czech Republic

497

16

Ireland

496

17

Switzerland

495

18

Denmark

493

19

France

493

20

Portugal

492

21

Norway

490

22

Austria

490

23

Latvia

487

24

Spain

483

25

Lithuania

482

26

Hungary

481

27

Luxembourg

477

28

Iceland

475

29

Italy

468

30

Turkey

468

31

AUSTRALIA 2030 (PROJECTED)

466

32

Slovak Republic

464

33

Israel

462

34

Greece

452

35

Chile

444

36

Mexico

419

 

 

OECD countries

READING

1

Estonia

523

2

Canada

520

3

Finland

520

4

Ireland

518

5

Korea

514

6

Poland

512

7

Sweden

506

8

New Zealand

506

9

United States

505

10

Japan

504

11

United Kingdom (except Scotland)

504

 

AUSTRALIA 2018

503

12

Denmark

501

13

Norway

499

14

Germany

498

15

Slovenia

495

16

Belgium

493

17

France

493

18

Portugal

492

19

Czech Republic

490

20

Netherlands

485

21

Switzerland

484

22

Austria

484

23

AUSTRALIA 2030 (PROJECTED)

483

24

Latvia

479

25

Italy

476

26

Hungary

476

27

Lithuania

476

28

Iceland

474

29

Luxembourg

470

30

Israel

470

31

Turkey

466

32

Slovak Republic

458

33

Greece

457

34

Chile

452

35

Mexico

420

36

Spain

 N/A