"But such benchmarking is useful to gauge where we stand internationally, and to reflect on where we can improve, such as making education more holistic, inculcating greater joy for learning, and creating an environment where failure is more accepted".
"If our kids can't read, write and do maths and science, then we've failed", she added.
Australia recorded a national average of 491 in maths and 503 in both reading and science.
Results from the 2018 OECD Programme for International Student Assessments (PISA) suggest that participating students in Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang in China, as well as Singapore, attained higher scores than students in the other 77 participating countries, * a href="http://gpseducation.oecd.org/IndicatorExplorer?plotter=h5&query=2&indicators=R000*R004*R006*R007*R008*R095*R096*R003*R011*R012*R002*R009*R010*M000*M004*M006*M007*M008*M095*M096*M003*M011*M012*M002*M009*M010*S000*S004*S006*S007*S008*S095*S096*S003*S011*S012*S002*S009*S010*N058*N059*N017*N081*N288*N121*N123*N122*N125*N126*N206*N278*N282*N283*N004*N005*N164*N276*N190*N284*N285*N286*N275*N287*N289*N213*N277*N273*N274*R019*R053*R054*R055*R056*R057*R058*R061*R062*R063*R064*R065*R066*R073*R074*R075*R026*R052*R097*N011*N128*N279*N280*N281*N090*X019*X020*X021*X022*X023*X025*X026*X027*X028*X029*X030*X031" target="_blank" *according to the OECD.
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Further, the country obtained an average score of 353 in science and 357 in mathematics.
As Education Week reported, PISA reading results indicate American teens are able to comprehend the main idea and draw simple inferences in a medium length text, but comprehension and comparison skills when other texts and ideas are introduced - so-called critical thinking skills - are lacking.
OECD said that this could mean these students may struggle in their lives while living in a digital world.
"The ministry aims to achieve above the global average and position Malaysia in the top one-third countries by end of another two cycles", he told reporters today.
"On a scale of 0 to 1,000, average scores in mathematics literacy across the education systems ranged from 591 in B-S-J-Z (China) to 325 in the Dominican Republic", stated NCES.
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Education Minister Dan Tehan admitted the outcome from last year's results was disappointing and "should have alarm bells ringing" among state and territory governments. "We should not accept anything less", he 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.
"Our school systems also need to de-clutter their curriculums and get back to basics". Worldwide, about 500,000 students across 72 countries participated.
A high school class in China.
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