Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and statistics is one of the eight learning areas in the New Zealand Curriculum. The NMSSA assesses all learning areas over a five year cycle.

  • NMSSA 2018 Insights for Teachers: Maths and Statistics

    This report is designed to support the teaching of mathematics and statistics in primary and intermediate classrooms. It draws on insights generated from the assessment of the mathematics and statistics learning area carried out by the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) in 2018.

    The report is in two main parts. Part One introduces NMSSA and the NMSSA assessment of mathematics and statistics. Part Two presents practical inisghts related to three focus areas: spatial reasoning, fractions and percentages, and collaborative problem solving.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: February 2020

  • NMSSA 2018: Mathematics and Statistics

    This report is designed to provide a succinct overview of key findings from the 2018 mathematics study. It is supplemented by a report focused on curriculum insights for teachers, a technical report and an online interactive statistical application. All reports and the interactive application can be found on the NMSSA (National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement) website.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2019

  • NMSSA 2018: Technical Information

    In 2018 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) study focused on the learning areas of mathematics and statistics and social studies. This report provides technical information for mathematics and statistics and social studies.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2019

  • Wānangatia te Putanga Tauira | National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement: Mathematics and Statistics 2013

    In 2013, the dual focus for the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) was mathematics and statistics, and health and physical education. A nationally representative sample of approximately 2000 students at Year 4 and Year 8 took group-administered paper-and-pencil assessments in mathematics and statistics, and responded to questions about their attitudes, learning experiences and support for learning. A sub-sample of approximately 800 students at each of these year levels, also took part in individual assessments focussed on aspects of learning in mathematics and statistics.

    Author(s): Education Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

    Date Published: May 2015

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