Australia: PISA Australia—Excellence and Equity? [chapter]

Sue Thomson
2020 Improving a Country's Education  
AbstractAustralia's education system reflects its history of federalism. State and territory governments are responsible for administering education within their jurisdiction and across the sector comprising government (public), Catholic systemic and other independent schooling systems. They collaborate on education policy with the federal government. Over the past two decades the federal government has taken a greater role in funding across the education sector, and as a result of this
more » ... ent and the priorities of federal governments of the day, Australia now has one of the highest rates of non-government schooling in the OECD. Funding equity across the sectors has become a prominent issue. Concerns have been compounded by evidence of declining student performance since Australia's initial participation in PISA in 2000, and the increasing gap between our high achievers and low achievers. This chapter explores Australia's PISA 2018 results and what they reveal about the impact of socioeconomic level on student achievement. It also considers the role of school funding and the need to direct support to those schools that are attempting to educate the greater proportion of an increasingly diverse student population including students facing multiple layers of disadvantage.
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-59031-4_2 fatcat:yqox6tdgazbvhkswqykwhhvpre