Australia’s students in English have a worse reading and writing test score than their foreign counterparts, according to a new study.
Key points:The results from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that Australian children have worse reading, writing scores than their British counterpartsThe study found Australian students at the top of the rankings in reading, spelling and math were less well-educated than their counterparts from other OECD countriesThe OECD said the OECD’s survey was based on a survey of 2,000 Australians aged 15 and over.
The study showed that English learners from English speaking countries fared better in reading than the OECD average, while the OECD said Australia’s English learners were less educated than the UK average.
The OECD also found that English students in the OECD countries had the lowest reading score, behind only the UK.
The Australian government said it was disappointed with the study and the OECD data, and would work with the organisation to ensure the data is shared and shared in the best way possible.
It said it had “a strong interest in improving the standards of education in our country, but we do not see it as a zero-sum game and we believe the OECD survey provides a valuable benchmark for measuring progress in education across Australia”.
“We will continue to work closely with the OECD to improve the standards and to improve our overall performance.”
A spokesperson for Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the report showed “Australian children are performing better than their peers across the OECD”.
“Our government is committed to improving the reading and language skills of all Australians and will work with our partners at the OECD and other international organisations to ensure that our schools and learners are up to the task,” the spokesperson said.
“As the OECD states, we have a strong interest with our own schools and the broader community to improve education in Australia and we will continue that effort with our partnership with the Organisation.”
Mr Birmingham said he would be looking at the data in the coming weeks.
He said the government had also been in discussions with the UK Government on ways to improve literacy rates.
“We are committed to supporting the Australian government in the fight against illiteracy and we’ll continue to take the time to work with all parties to improve that effort,” he said.’
Poor language’A spokesman for Education and Training Minister Adrian Piccoli said the data showed the “language gap is growing” across the world.
“While we have made a concerted effort to raise the literacy rate in Australia, we still lag behind the global community, and we need to continue to invest in literacy,” he told ABC Radio National.
“I think the OECD report confirms what we know anecdotally about the Australian population, that it’s a poor language, a language that Australians struggle to communicate and that the gap is increasing.”
He said he was also concerned about the impact of language on children.
“Language is so important to our culture and our way of life,” he explained.
“It has a huge impact on our children, especially when they’re learning how to communicate with each other.”