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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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Comparison of Country Level Results

This chapter focuses on differences in the patterns of student performance by aspects of mathematical content contained within PISA 2003 assessment items’ expectations. In participating countries, by the age of 15, students have been taught different subtopics from the broad mathematics curriculum. The subtopics vary in how they are presented to the students depending on the instructional traditions of the country.

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