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Our students are “slipping” Report

by Alan Thornhill

A new report card shows Australia’s high school students slipping down in world rankings.

The Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, this is confirmed in the latest report by the Programme for International Student Assessment, PISA.

“Australia has lost more ground to other participating countries since the last test in PISA 2009,” Mr Pyne said.

“Based on our raw mean score, we have dropped from 15th to 19th in mathematical literacy, 10th to 16th in scientific literacy and 9th to 14th in reading literacy,” he added.

“These results are the worst for Australia since testing began and shows that we are falling further behind our regional neighbours,” he said.

Mr Pyne said this had happened even though Australia had spent 44 per cent more on education over the past decade.

He blamed the Labor government.

“The PISA report shows that Labor’s Education Revolution has been a spectacular failure,” Mr Pyne said.

“Today’s report card shows that for all the billions spent on laptops and school halls there is still no evidence of a lift in outcomes for students,” he said.

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