NZ's global education rankings drop

  • 03/12/2013

New Zealand has slipped in OECD education rankings, the Labour Party has revealed.

In the House today, education spokesman Chris Hipkins said the country's education system had slipped from seventh in reading and science to 13th and 18th respectively, and from 12th to 23rd in maths.  

Mr Hipkins questioned the success of national standards given the ranking decreases.

The drops come in the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which measures the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds. The data, which will officially be released late tonight, shows the results from last year's testing.

Education Minister Hekia Parata said she was unable to talk about the results because of the embargo.

However, she pointed out that those who sat the test went through school between 2001 and 2012 and would not have sat national standards.

Last week, Ms Parata said she was prepared for a probable drop in rankings because of improvement in Asian countries, The New Zealand Herald reported.

More than 510,000 students in 65 countries took part in the latest tests, which cover maths, reading and science.

PISA is a triennial international survey that aims to evaluate education systems worldwide.

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