Thanks to Don Ledingham blog I have been altered to the 2007 PISA results being published which are worth a look.
In summary the results remained flat across most OECD countries. Australia showed some improvement in Science with a 7th ranking when compared to other countries. However youth generally were pessimistic about being able to effect change on climate conditions, air pollution and nuclear energy. I think this is a critcal point as we start to plan our curriculum’s for 2008. I am continuing to encougae teachers to engage students with rigourous questions of scientific inquiry.
The Victorian Education Departments curriculum website is a great resource for those wanting to start planning these units. It has the science concept maps for those teachers not sure of the scientific principles they need to help student understand.