BEFORE: More examples – Number diagnostics

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This is one of three numeracy resources that we mentioned earlier in Collection 3. You can download it here if you need to.

You’ve already seen our versions of the number diagnostic questions and the attitude questions. But if you want to have a look at the originals, the details are below.

Number Attitude self-assessment

  • We talked about how to use the attitude survey and self-assessment earlier.
  • You can see the originals on page 96 and read an explanation on page 9.
  • Using a self-assessment like this gives you useful data on learner confidence. This is something that can change over the short term. So it’s useful to measure it in some way.

Number diagnostic questions

  • You’ve seen half of these already. We showed you diagnostic questions for the “knowledge progressions”. The reason for this is that they’re easier and faster to administer.
  • But you might also want to have a look at the diagnostic questions for each of the three “strategy” progressions. These are more interesting, but they are also more time consuming to use.
  • You can find everything between pages 10 to 15.

Examples of contextualised number diagnostic questions

  • On pages 90 to 93, you can find some more examples of contextualised number diagnostics.
  • Page 90 looks at a budgeting scenario and covers number sequence, additive, and multiplicative strategies.
  • Page 91 looks at number knowledge required to understand data presented in a newspaper article on a medical condition. This is interesting because it’s a set of reading comprehension questions. But you need to understand the maths involved to answer the questions.
  • Page 93 also looks a number knowledge in the context of a newspaper article but from a different context. This time the context is data relating to violence against police.


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