MEDIA RELEASE: AUSTRALIA’S READING, MATHS, AND SCIENCE SCORES PLUMMET - WEDNESDAY, 4 NOVEMBER 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 SCORES PLUMMET

Australian students have recorded the worst results in reading, maths, and science since international testing began. 
 
Our schoolkids are now around a year behind in these basic subjects, according to data from the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment, released yesterday. 
 
For the first time ever, Australia’s performance in maths is no better than the global average. 
 
Australia has 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 we’ve failed. 
 
Those subjects are the building blocks of a good education.
 
After six years of talk, after six years of failing our schoolkids, the Liberals must say how they’ll fix this serious problem. 

WEDNESDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2019