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.


An International Comparison of Upper Secondary Mathematics Education: 24 Country Profiles

This report, published by the Nuffield Foundation in 2010, provides an international comparison of upper secondary mathematics education in 24 countries, including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is based on data collected as part of a research review, which was subsequently validated and...

Values and Variables: Mathematics Education in High-Performing Countries

This report, commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation, addresses two questions: • What is the range and type of research evidence from countries with high performance in mathematics that gives insights into the reasons for their relatively high position? • What constitutes high performance in mathematics learning...

A World-class Mathematics Education for All our Young People

This report was the result of a request to Carol Vorderman from David Cameron and Michael Gove for advice on mathematics education at the time the Conservative Party was in opposition. A small voluntary task force was formed and worked with organisations and individuals (including students and parents) in the...


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