"A disturbing picture is emerging of Australian students slipping behind the world in maths and science achievement."
"A national report card of year six students has found their aptitude for science has not improved in a decade."
"Only 55 per cent of students nationally were judged as proficient in science, the report by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) found."
"It adds to a concerning picture that Australian school students are slipping behind the rest of the world in science and maths results."
"But for the first time, girls' performance in science is outstripping that of boys."
"The full reports from last year's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Programme for International Student Assessment have also been released today."
"They show that Australia is being outperformed by a large number of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, and that socioeconomic status is the largest determinant of success."
"The performance of disadvantaged students in Australian schools lags a full three years of school behind higher performing peers."
Here`s Greg Ashman who blames inquiry based learning for the lack of progress in science.