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Chinese students surge to top of worldwide education rankings

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Deanna Wagner | 04 December, 2019, 15:24

New Zealand's 15-year-olds have hit new lows in the worldwide PISA tests of reading, maths and science.

Thai students still follow their peers in other countries in reading, maths and science in the latest Pisa tests.

"On a scale of 0 to 1,000, average scores in science literacy across the education systems ranged from 590 points in B-S-J-Z (China) to 336 points in the Dominican Republic", NCES noted.

The average performance in science of 15-year-olds is 493 points, compared to an average of 489 points in OECD countries, the report states.

The report shows maths performance is down in all states and territories, with particularly significant declines recorded in SA, NSW, Tasmania, WA and the ACT. Boys perform better than girls with a non-statistically significant difference of 4 points (OECD average: 5 points higher for boys). Moreover, some 1% of advantaged students in Thailand - but 0% of disadvantaged students - were top performers in reading.

The OECD went on to say that had there been no improvement in Indonesia's education system, "the inclusion of more students would be expected to lower mean performance and the performance distribution".

"One of the other things that we're seeing in PISA this year is a lot more kids are saying that there are challenging learning environments so they say there is noise and disorder in the classroom or kids are not listening to what teachers are saying and that disciplinary climate is really important to effective learning outcomes".

The U.S. average score (505) was higher than the OECD average score (487).

In the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's computer test of 15-year-olds in 79 countries and economies, Japan fell to 15th from eighth in the 2015 survey in reading proficiency.

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China was top in all subjects, but its score was calculated using results from just four of its provinces -Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang - which are also some of its most affluent.

The UK as a whole is ranked 14th in the world in reading. "We need to make sure that like other high-performing countries we're attracting our best and brightest into teaching degrees at university", she said.

"My message to the state and territory education ministers is this: leave the teachers' union talking points at home and be ambitious", he said.

"This achievement shows that Malaysia has now moved up to middle one-third countries participating in the global assessment, instead of the bottom one-third in the previous results", he said at a press conference announcing Malaysia's Pisa 2018 achievements here today.

The number of students who did not feel safe at school had increased from 13 per cent in 2009 to 19 per cent in 2018 and New Zealand had one of the highest rates of frequent bullying.

The highest performing country was Singapore.

"The three reading material enjoyed by students according to the survey are comics, and fictional and non-fictional books".

Compared to Singapore, Australians were one-and-one-third of a year lower in reading, around three years lower in maths and around one-and-three-quarter years lower in science.