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.
"We do find that we do perform higher than the international average on these assessments, though some countries are moving at a higher rate than we are.
"There have been significant changes in curriculum in some states and there probably is a greater emphasis on science instruction and that results in increased science achievement."
For the first time, ACARA is providing sample classroom lessons and ways of tracking and measuring student achievement to help teachers boost the performance of their pupils.
"I think it's hard to teach science," Dr Rabinowitz said.