Australian education officials are urgently examining the country’s education system after the release of the latest international education survey results.
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is carried out every four years in more than 60 countries and tests students at Year 4 and Year 8 of their schooling. The latest results, from tests undertaken in 2015, released this week show Australian students losing significant ground in the rankings.
In the 2011 tests, Year 4 Australian pupils were ranked 18th for maths – but in 2015, that position had plunged to 28th. Similarly, Year 8 pupils fell from 12th place for both maths and science to 17th.
Australian education officials are concerned that other nations that are perceived as less developed are overtaking them in the rankings. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said of the results: “I think though Australia should be seeking to be amongst the best in the world and declines like this are unacceptable and that we need to be working hard to turn it around.”
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