ACT Minister for Education and Training, Joy Burch, has welcomed the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which assessed students both internationally and locally in areas of mathematical, scientific and reading literacy in 2012.
Almost 510,000 students from 65 different countries took part in the assessment. Nationally 14,481 students from 775 schools across Australia took part. This included 908 students across 45 ACT public, Catholic and non-government schools.
“I am pleased that the ACT consistently ranked the highest or second highest amongst Australian states and territories in mathematical, science and reading literacy,” Ms Burch said.
“However it is evident from this report that locally and as a nation there are areas where we can continue to improve.”
– The ACT significantly outperformed the OECD average in all areas.
– ACT performed first, or equal first (with Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria) when compared nationally in reading, mathematics and science.
– If the ACT was considered as a country in terms of scores achieved it would rank strongly including tenth (out of 65) in mathematics which is equivalent to the average performance of students in Poland and Canada; seventh in science, equivalent to Vietnam and Korea; and sixth in reading equivalent to Finland and Ireland.