Achievement comparisons between the first and second IEA studies of mathematics

Research paper by David F. Robitaille

Indexed on: 01 Oct '90Published on: 01 Oct '90Published in: Educational Studies in Mathematics


Two major surveys of the teaching and learning of mathematics have been conducted by IEA, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement: the first in the 1960s, and the second in the early 1980s. A comparison of the results obtained on achievement items common to the two surveys indicates that students' performance has improved in some areas and deteriorated in others. Performance levels have declined, for example, in the area of computational skills of arithmetic, and improved overall in algebra.