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ERIC Number: EJ916992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Taiwanese Arithmetic and Algebra
Lo, Jane-Jane; Tsai, Feng-Chiu
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v16 n7 p422-429 Mar 2011
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 seventy-minute timed exam with thirty-four multiple-choice 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.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan