Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

International comparisons and maths education

This Maths Snapshot relates to the principle set out in the ACME blueprint that policies are joined-up, long-term, evidence-informed, transparent and well-designed.

ACME sets out:MSinternationalpage

  • information about how international league table tests are drawn on in mathematics education policy
  • the difficulty in understanding all parts of an education system from international comparisons
  • how education reforms in England are inspired by international practice  
  • considerations to take into account when using international comparisons to inform education policy reform.

In the paper, ACME recommends that:

  1. international comparisons in policy development are informed by evidence-based research and expert analysis
  2. policies are transparently and coherently imported, adapted and implemented.

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