Thank you Julia Gillard and the teachers’ unions. Just provide more money. What could go wrong? PISA-Aust-Education-Tanks
Australia has plunged in the global education rankings, with the nation’s 15-year-olds performing at a significantly lower standard in reading, mathematics and science than a decade ago despite government funding for schools rising by more than $20bn over that period.
The 2018 PISA results comparing the academic performance of 79 countries, released on Tuesday, have confirmed Australia’s long-term trend of declining academic achievement, with average scores at record lows across all three tested domains.
Correlates with our national productivity. Is that a coincidence?
More research required, some will say:)
UPDATE. Commentary in The Economist (a left-wing rag these days). Still, this is to the point.
And, as the data suggest, part of the reason for the lack of overall improvement, despite increased spending, is that above a certain level (around $60,000 per pupil, cumulatively between the ages of six and 15) there is not much of a relationship between expenditure and test scores.
A big problem is that many education ministers still pay too little attention to the evidence. Others are hemmed in by the fact they must listen to the views of teachers and parents, who do not always know best. Andreas Schleicher, head of education at the OECD, bemoans the fact that lots of countries have, for instance, prioritised shrinking classes over hiring and training excellent teachers, despite evidence suggesting this is a bad idea. As he points out, one place that has given the quality of the teacher priority over the size of the class is Shanghai. Another is Singapore. And they are reaping the benefits.