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Assessing mathematical competencies: an analysis of Swedish national mathematics tests
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre (UMERC).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre (UMERC).
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 0031-3831, E-ISSN 1470-1170, Vol. 62, no 1, p. 109-124Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Internationally, education reform has been directed towards describing educational goals that go beyond topic and content descriptions. The idea of mathematical competencies describes such goals. National tests have been seen as one way of communicating these goals and influence teaching. The present study analyses Swedish national tests in mathematics, and seeks evidence about the extent to which they represent these competencies and may play a role in reforming teaching. The results show that the national tests assess all competencies. However, the study also shows a limited focus on the competencies’ interpretation and evaluation aspects. Thus, the tests do not fully capture the complex nature of the competencies. This may cloud the reform message and restrict the possibilities for the tests to function as levers for reform.

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2018. Vol. 62, no 1, p. 109-124
Keywords [en]
assessment, Mathematical competency, national tests, reform
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Educational Sciences
Research subject
didactics of mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133055DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2016.1212256ISI: 000417602100007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84983339210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-133055DiVA, id: diva2:1085723
Available from: 2017-03-30 Created: 2017-03-30 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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