Joy Burch is celebrating some top work by Canberra’s kids (and we suspect their parents):
The ACT has topped the country in reading, mathematics and science in two international studies published today.
The 2011 Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (which compares mathematics and science results at the stages of years 4 and 8 ) and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (which compares year 4 reading literacy at a national and international level) show ACT schools continue to perform better than all other Australian jurisdictions.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said the results reflected the high standard of education in the ACT, and the quality of numeracy and literacy curriculums provided in ACT schools.
“When compared internationally, ACT results would have placed year 4 and 8 students in the top 10 in the world for reading, mathematics and science,” Ms Burch said.
“For example, year 4 students have a mean score for reading that would place us 5th in the international rankings. Overall, Australia ranked 22nd in year 4 reading out of 48 countries, so the ACT results were especially good and well above the national trend.
Compared to the cratering results in the rest of the nation Robyn Archer’s efforts to make the rest of the country like us seem ever more doomed.