Mathematical Knowledge in a Generation of Pupils

Jerneja Bone 1 *
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1 National Education Institute Slovenia, SLOVENIA
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EUR J SCI MATH ED, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp. 193-207. https://doi.org/10.30935/scimath/11662
Published: 02 February 2022
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Educational outcomes are mostly studied in the short term (i.e. during the same phase of schooling). This paper focuses on the longitudinal monitoring of the mathematical knowledge of the same generation of pupils. At the school level, this can be performed by teachers, and at the state level by relevant institutions or experts in the field. Monitoring the progress in pupils’ attainments is one way of determining and assuring the school’s quality educational work. At the state level, pupils in Slovenia take National Assessments of Knowledge which can be used to monitor progress within the same generation of pupils. The introduction explains the difference between internal and external assessment and presents studies that focus on comparing the attainments in both types of assessment. This study focuses on the same generation of pupils, monitoring their attainments in mathematics in the 6th and the 9th year of schooling. The aim was to determine whether there was a gap between internal and external assessment. The research into external assessment was based on the attainments on the National Assessment of Knowledge in Mathematics, while the research into internal assessment was based on the pupils’ final school grades in the same subject. It has been determined that more than half of the pupils would have the same final grade in the internal and external assessment; less than a fifth of the pupils would have received a lower grade in the external assessment, and just over a quarter would have received a higher grade in the external assessment, compared to the internal assessment.

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Bone, J. (2022). Mathematical Knowledge in a Generation of Pupils. European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 10(2), 193-207. https://doi.org/10.30935/scimath/11662

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