Financial Review Letter to the Editor
article on the latest PISA results (7 December 2016, “Schools fail again, OECD
finds”) claims that “Catholic schools were the worst performing school sector”
in Australia after adjusting for socio-economic differences. This is simply
decent researcher knows, student tests have confidence intervals and
differences between student cohorts are only meaningful when the differences
are statistically significant.
in student performance between the Catholic and government sectors after
adjusting for socio-economic factors in the PISA results was not statistically
significant. Your report should not suggest otherwise.
data clearly shows that Catholic schools in Australia deliver results above OECD averages.
Australian Catholic school students outperform benchmark countries such as
Korea, New Zealand and Great Britain, with a similar rank to Hong Kong.
Catholic school students rank alongside Korea and perform better in reading
than New Zealand, Norway and Japan and again score higher than Norway and New
Zealand in mathematics, with similar results to Germany.
the outcomes you portray, the PISA results show a very different picture:
students in Australian Catholic schools are achieving results comparable with
some of the world’s most highly regarded education systems.
Education Commission of Victoria Ltd