Mathematics education policies and reports: international comparisons

This collection contains a variety of reports published by a number of organisations comparing mathematical performance across countries. The reports include:

  • Primary Problems - a First Curriculum for Mathematics, produced by Politeia, which responds to the developments in the educational reform of mathematics, published in 2012.
  • Is the UK an Outlier? an International Comparison of Upper Secondary Mathematics Education produced by the Nuffield Foundation addresses a number of questions about policy and participation in upper secondary mathematics education.
  • Solving the Maths Problem: International Perspectives on Mathematics Education outlines the core choices facing mathematics education and builds on the recommendations of the 2011 Vorderman Report.
  • TIMSS 2011 International Results in Mathematics has the goal of helping countries make informed decisions about how to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science.

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Solving the Maths Problem: International Perspectives on Mathematics Education

This resource, written by Emma Morris, outlines the core choices facing mathematics education and builds on the recommendations of the 2011 Vorderman Report, by examining which mathematics approaches and reforms have worked overseas. The paper does not recommend directly importing practice from either of the case...

Is the UK an Outlier? an International Comparison of Upper Secondary Mathematics Education

This report identified the alarming disparity between the proportions of students studying mathematics beyond the age of 16.  At that time only one-fifth of pupils in England continued to study maths at any level after achieving a GCSE - the lowest of 24 developed countries. A key recommendation from the report was...

Primary Problems - a First Curriculum for Mathematics

This resource, from Politeia, responds to the developments in the educational reform of mathematics, published in 2012. It contains a curriculum, drawn up by Professor David Burghes, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT) at the University of Plymouth. Particular attention is paid to...

TIMSS 2011 International Results in Mathematics

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) has the goal of helping countries make informed decisions about how to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science. This report summarizes the results of the TIMSS 2011 international mathematics assessment of fourth and eighth grade students...

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