Numeracy assessment and associated issues

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Academic achievement, Educational research, Equal education, International studies, Mathematics teaching, Numeracy, Socioeconomic background, Student assessment, Student characteristics, National surveys, Primary secondary education


This paper was commissioned by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc. and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs. It was prepared in 1998/99


This report discusses definitions of numeracy within Australian jurisdictions, and describes assessment initiatives in place to assist in identifying 'at risk' students in numeracy. Contents include: assessment purposes and practices; what research shows about Australia's mathematics expectations and achievement; what stateside assessment and international studies indicate about equity issues; how Australia can achieve comparably to Asian countries; what we know about numeracy rather than mathematics and the influence of the National Plan.

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Canberra, Australia


Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs