PISA in Australia

Year: 2017

Author: Morsy, Leila, Gour, Radhika, Baroutsis, Aspa, Lingard, Robert

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Over the past fifteen years education policymakers and officials have expressed considerable concern with Australian students' performance on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and rankings on international league tables (Tovey & Patty, 2013). Often, the lesson drawn is that the quality of Australian schools and teachers needs to improve (Ferrari, 2013; Piccoli, 2014). However, such conclusions can be misleading: they consider the performance of Australian students as a national average, without examining the performance of different states over time, let alone different sub-groups of students (Carnoy & Rothstein, 2013; Carnoy, Garc