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This article reports on the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) project, entitled "Assessing numeracy in primary schools" (ANIPS) aimed at improving student numeracy outcomes through the development of a whole-school approach that links a comprehensive assessment regime with numeracy teaching and learning. The project examined how the results from a variety of assessment tools could be used to improve student numeracy outcomes. Classroom assessment practices were identified that complement system and/or school assessment procedures. Teaching approaches that make effective use of assessment to support student learning, particularly for "at risk" students were highlighted. The project had a considerable effect in increasing the range of assessment approaches used by project teachers in their classrooms.

Descriptors: Numeracy, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Student Evaluation, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Evaluation Methods, High Risk Students

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Autor: Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v9 n4 p43-44 2004


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