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ACT students outperform rest of country

By GnT - 5 December 2007 35

An article in The Canberra Times tells us something we probably already knew, that ACT students have ranked higher than all other states, according to The Program for International Student Assessment which “ranks the performance of 57 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries on science, reading and maths.”

Some other points which I found interesting:
-If you need to leave Canberra, move to WA which ranked a close second.
-In maths the ACT was close to Taiwan, the highest scoring country.
-Girls did better than boys in reading, but boys outperformed girls in maths. (So much for a crisis in boys’ education.)
-Indigenous students and students from remote areas scored significantly lower than the national average (big surprise).
-Australia is ranked in the top 10 countries in all areas, despite public education spending being thrid lowest in the OECD (according to the Australian Education Union).

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ACT students outperform rest of country
nyssa76 6:26 pm 05 Dec 07

Well there’s a shock – noone prepared to give credit to the Territory government which actually runs the schools.

Yeah ’cause the teachers would have nothing to do with it…

Mr Evil 5:53 pm 05 Dec 07

If the kids are doing so well with such a ‘measly’ amount of funding, maybe we can cut some more fat off education and put it into something useful, like a Busway, Dragway or the Multicultural festival?

sepi 4:50 pm 05 Dec 07

Australia’s education budget has fallen in real terms. So these results are reaping the benefits of previous higher budgets when these kids were in primary school.

tuggers 4:48 pm 05 Dec 07

In Australia the schools are run by the states. The proportion of national GDP spent on primary & secondary education is actually very low. In most other OECD countries (USA is same as us)childrens education is a national priority with a central administration.

Mr Evil 4:36 pm 05 Dec 07

Is Social Inclusion taught in ACT schools????

Thumper 4:24 pm 05 Dec 07

I should add that ACT schools are not run badly, and they certainly seem to be run better than other states and territories.

Thumper 4:23 pm 05 Dec 07

It’s a good result, but not unexpected given the higher income bracket, which generally indicates a higher level of education, which is passed on to the kids.

pierce 4:17 pm 05 Dec 07

Well there’s a shock – noone prepared to give credit to the Territory government which actually runs the schools.

Thumper 4:14 pm 05 Dec 07

And when all is said and done at the end of the day when the fat lady is singing and the chickens come home to roost, ACT school are pretty good.

VYBerlinaV8 3:24 pm 05 Dec 07

I wonder how much of this result can be attributed to Canberra having the highest average incomes in the country, and thus students in Canberra are more likely to have parents who encourage their kids in their studies? Just a thought…

johnboy 3:09 pm 05 Dec 07

Perpetual revolution working so well elsewhere…

Snahons_scv6_berlina 2:58 pm 05 Dec 07

but the ‘education revolution’ will help us move up to number 1.

Thumper 2:57 pm 05 Dec 07

Yeah JB,

I picked that up as well. It does suggest that our education dollar is used very responsibly.

On the other hand, more bucks may mean even higher standards, but I doubt it.

Skidbladnir 2:54 pm 05 Dec 07

Ssssh. You’ll destroy Rudd’s image.

johnboy 2:49 pm 05 Dec 07

-Australia is ranked in the top 10 countries in all areas, despite public education spending being thrid lowest in the OECD (according to the Australian Education Union).

Surely suggesting we have a very well spent education budget?

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