Australia's PISA slump is big news but what's the real story?

Riddle, Stewart and Lingard, Bob and Sellar, Sam (2013) Australia's PISA slump is big news but what's the real story? The Conversation, 3 December 2013. pp. 1-3.

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The 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results out today will no doubt see shock headlines about Australia's falling education standards and our failing school system. PISA – which tests a global sample of 15-year olds in maths, science and reading – has been described as the world's most important test and has a growing influence on educational policy around the globe. The coordinated international release is now a major media event for education policy makers and governments around the world. In the US, will be live-streaming analysis and policy implications. And the OECD Deputy Director for Education, Andreas Schleicher, will be hosting a worldwide webinar. According to these latest results, Australia has performed equal 10th in reading, equal 8th in
science and equal 17th in mathematics. On each indicator, Australia performs well above the OECD average and is considered to be a 'high-quality, high-equity' education system. Yet, while the media will lament Australia's slip in the rankings, there is a much more important story to be told around issues of equity and access in Australian education.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 04:01
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 01:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: PISA; equity; education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education

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