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).