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Australian Mathematics Teacher, v65 n4 p26-37 2009

In May 2008, the National Assessment Program--Literary and Numeracy (NAPLAN) conducted nation-wide tests for reading, writing, language conventions, and numeracy. A national assessment program of this kind should provide the stimulus for macro-level (systemic) analytical studies and micro-level (individual school and/or class) analytical studies of the data. This paper is concerned with the latter type of study where numeracy results of Year 9 Queensland students are analysed. The paper provides a critique of the Year 9 numeracy test, ways in which students responded to test questions, and how results might inform teaching mathematics. (Contains 5 tables.)

Descriptors: Numeracy, National Competency Tests, Mathematics Tests, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Response Style (Tests), Suburban Schools, Test Format, Test Items, Mathematics Achievement, Gender Differences, Indigenous Populations, Secondary School Students

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Author: Norton, Stephen


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