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ERIC Number: ED425027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Regional and Gender Differences in Various Forms of Mathematics Assessment within the Victorian Certificate of Education.
Cox, Peter
As part of the new Victorian Certificate of Education, the state of Victoria, Australia, implemented changes to secondary mathematics courses in order to cater to the needs and aspirations of all students by using a variety of teaching and assessment strategies. The first year that the changes were fully implemented for grade 12 was 1992. A statistical analysis examined the influence of locale (rural versus urban) and sex of student on mean achievement on the various Common Assessment Tasks (CATs). There were 6 mathematics subjects in year 12, attended by 19,413 females and 22,567 males, for which there were four CATs. CATs 1 and 2 required the students to communicate their findings in written reports, were assessed within the school by their teacher, and were performed over an extended period of time. CATs 3 and 4 were multiple-choice and extended-answer examinations respectively, and were marked externally. Findings indicate that females were not as disadvantaged in mathematics assessment as they had been in earlier mathematics courses in Victoria. The largest disadvantage for females occurred in terms of participation, particularly in advanced mathematics courses. Females generally performed better than males in CATs 1 and 2, and males generally performed better than females in CATs 3 and 4. There was a significant regional effect in that rural students, particularly males, performed worse than their metropolitan counterparts in CATs 1, 2, and 3. Implications concerning equality of opportunity and gender differences in test taking are discussed. Seventeen tables and four graphs depict data and results. (Contains 36 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia