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2011c.00287
Lo, JaneJane
Tsai, FengChiu
Taiwanese arithmetic and algebra.
Math. Teach. Middle Sch. 16, No. 7, 422429 (2011).
2011
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
D23
D63
mathematics curriculum
Taiwan
grade 9
grade 8
arithmetic
elementary algebra
mathematics achievement
student evaluation
standardized tests
geometry
measurement
competence
mathematics skills
numeracy
mathematical logic
logical thinking
http://www.nctm.org/eresources/article_summary.asp?URI=MTMS201103422a&from=B
Summary: Taiwanese students consistently rank near the top on international exams on mathematics and science. In 2007, Taiwan recorded the highest TIMSS math score for eighth grade. The central education agency in Taiwan publishes detailed mathematics curriculum guidelines, which textbooks and national exams follow closely. In May each year, all ninth graders are expected to take the Basic Competency Test. It is a seventyminute timed exam with thirtyfour multiplechoice problems that measure students' proficiency in the following areas: (1) Numbers and operations; (2) Geometry; (3) Measurement; (4) Algebra; and (5) Data analysis. The content of the Basic Competency Test provides a good indication of what students are expected to learn by the end of the first semester of ninth grade. Developing problem solving and reasoning, deepening number and symbol sense, and promoting arithmetic and algebraic connections are tenets of Taiwan's Basic Competency Test. (Contains 6 figures.) (ERIC)