PISA global educational rankings: Australian schools fail on maths, science

PISA global educational rankings: Australian schools fail on maths, science. By Rebecca Urban.

Australia has plunged in 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 night, reveal Australia’s long-term declining academic achievement had continued, with average scores now at record lows across all three tested domains.

Australia’s decline in maths has been equated to the loss of more than a year’s worth of schooling since 2003 — the first year in which the subject was the emphasis of PISA testing — pulling the nation back in line with the OECD average for the first time alongside Latvia, Iceland, Portugal, Russia, Italy, New Zealand and the Slovak Republic.

Is there anything our progressive bureaucracy cannot do? They answer back in today’s Sydney Morning Herald:

When he was at boarding school in China, Nicholas Zhang, 16, would wake up at 6.30am. …

Nicholas estimates he studied maths alone for 20 hours a week in China. Since starting his exchange at Scotch College, Melbourne, at the start of this year, that has dropped to three or four hours.

The [PISA results] shows that in mathematics the average Australian student lags more than 3½ years behind their Chinese counterparts and three years behind Singapore. …

Nicholas believes year 10 students in China take their studies as seriously as year 12 students in Australia. He said teachers had more of a guiding role because class sizes are much larger in China — an average of 50 compared to 20 at Scotch College — but each teacher was “very professional and super, super fast” with questions.

Hardly explains why Australia does poorly compared to its recent past, or compared to lots of non-Confucian countries that don’t put in extreme hours. And it puts paid to the favorite of the teacher’s union, class sizes.

Is even more money the answer? Maybe not. Can’t fix a broken system by making it bigger.

This is interesting. Check out the red bars:

Lion of the Blogosphere injects some realism into the progressive fantasy swamp, after the US also put in a fairly average performance:

If you are trying to gauge the effectiveness of schools, making international comparisons without taking race into account is useless. But because the fakestream media denies the scientific truth of racial differences in IQ, you get junk articles like this.

American test scores ought to be declining because school-age white children are being replaced by lower IQ Hispanics and “other.” (Also Asians who are smarter, but the Asians are outnumbered by the Hispanics and the “other,” ….)

But actually, no country is better than the United States at training low-IQ children to score higher on tests, because of massive drilling and teaching to the test. Which is why test scores have held “stagnant” since 2000 … instead of declining.

Steve Sailer:

And every three years the one dissenting voice is usually … me. I ritually point out that each race within the U.S. (see the red bars in my graph) did pretty darn good compared to the rest of the world. (Keep in mind, though, that the U.S. usually spends more per public school student than all but a few tax havens like Luxembourg.) …

At 521, U.S. whites outscored all countries founded by whites (light blue bars) except Estonia. American whites edged Japan and South Korea by one point, which isn’t shabby. …

U.S. Hispanics at 470 outscored all Latin American countries, with Chile scoring highest at 438. …

U.S. blacks scored 436, which is higher than Malaysia, Romania, and Thailand. No truly black-run country took the test, but in past years, American blacks beat Trinidad, a part black, part Asian Indian island country with oil money.

Keep in mind that there are of course methodological problems with a global test as ambitious as this. For example, if you want to score higher, don’t round up your dumber students to take the test. There are big differences in coverage between countries. For example, in the past, Argentina would complain that they rounded up 80% of their assigned 15-year-olds while Mexico did more like 60%. (Most First World countries are above 80% in coverage).

Can we trust the Chinese numbers? Beats me.

What would happen if we broke out the Australian scores by race? PC tantrums I expect.