Thursday 8 December 2016

Maths pupils must be assessed

Published 21/09/2010 | 08:17

IF we really care about how our youngsters perform in maths tests, and how they, as adults, apply these skills in their daily lives, then free universal psychological assessments should be available in junior infants, and thereafter at two-year intervals, in order to identify issues as the curriculum becomes more abstract.

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The pitch and type of the curriculum means that many children are being expected to “try harder” without their challenges being noticed – much less properly understood and addressed.

The rate of introduction of new material/concepts, compounded by the pace at which children are expected to proceed is not helpful for children whose working memory is a bit awry, and for those who can't grapple with abstract issues.

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