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Correspondence between mathematics and mathematical literacy scores: an analysis from 2010 to 2018


Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP03/2020

Publication date: February 2020


This paper estimates correspondence curves between mathematics and mathematical literacy scores for South African Matric Students from 2010 to 2018. The analysis is an extension of previously estimated correspondence scores as in Simkins (2010) and goes on to discuss potential pass rates in mathematics, were students to enroll in the type of mathematics class for which they have a greater aptitude. The paper argues that greater care should be taken in advising students as to which classes they should enroll in, and argues that mathematics Matric pass rates could be improved at no additional cost by better matching students to the correct class.

JEL Classification:

I24, I25


education, mathematics, pass rates, South Africa, correspondence scores