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Learning Mathematics for Life

A Perspective from PISA

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People from many countries have expressed interest in the tests students take for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Learning Mathematics for Life examines the link between the PISA test requirements and student performance. It focuses specifically on the proportions of students who answer questions correctly across a range of difficulty. The questions are classified by content, competencies, context and format, and the connections between these and student performance are then analysed.

This analysis has been carried out in an effort to link PISA results to curricular programmes and structures in participating countries and economies. Results from the student assessment reflect differences in country performance in terms of the test questions. These findings are important for curriculum planners, policy makers and in particular teachers – especially mathematics teachers of intermediate and lower secondary school classes.

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Annex A1

Pisa 2003 Mathematics Assessments - Characteristics of Questions Used

Note that all the publicly released questions that were used in the PISA 2003 mathematics assessment are presented in Chapter 3. Note as well that the data in these graphs are from the compendium (available at pisa2003.acer.edu.au/downloads.php) and that the percentages refer to students that reached the question (the percentage of students who did not reach the question plus the percentage of students that attempted to answer it will therefore add up to more than 100%).

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