Andrew Barr is pleased to announce that the ACT’s year six students are more science literate than other states.
The 2009 National Assessment Program Science Literacy report, produced by the Ministerial Council
for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs is the result of tests conducted in 635
primary schools across Australia, including 56 in the ACT.
Minister for Education and Training Andrew Barr said the results show the high quality of education
being received by ACT students.
“These results are further proof that ACT students are getting a well-rounded education in our schools,”
Mr Barr said. “Of all jurisdictions the ACT had, at 61.2 per cent, the highest proportion of students
performing in the ‘proficient range’ in science literacy. The mean score for the ACT was also
significantly higher than that for the nation.
“In 2009, the ACT’s mean score was 23 points higher than the national mean score. This is a five point
increase in the margin by which we led the nation in 2006 and a strong indicator of overall
Is it thanks to the system though? Or in spite of it?