# Project maths: Do the reforms add up for students?

## Records numbers are sitting higher level maths but many struggle with basic skills

Five years ago, Project Maths was rolled out to secondary schools around the country.

Around the same time, students were offered the incentive of 25 bonus CAO points if they sat the higher-level paper.

Thousands responded to the incentive; this year, a record 36 per cent of Leaving Cert candidates took the more challenging paper, up from 20 per cent in 2011.

But have the changes to maths education been a success, and is it time we looked at it afresh?

# Algebra is disappearing from the Junior Cert Higher maths exam and Syllabus.

Algebra is disappearing from the Junior Cert Higher maths exam and Syllabus.

On first look at the Junior Cert H Algebra syllabus there appears to be very little change.

But on deeper inspection the significant absence of equations of the form( a/x  ) +b/(x +c)  = d

And ( a/x  ) +b/(x +c)  = d/(x)(x+c)

Is very worrying

Students are arriving into higher level leaving cert maths totally lacking the skills required to survive leaving H maths

How the marks (and content) for Algebra has decreased;

 Years Marks (out of 300) allocated to algebra % Total Marks(600) 1970’s 150/300 25% 1980’s 150/300 25% 1990’s 140/300 23.3% 2000’s(before Project maths) 140/300 23.3% Project Maths 75/300 12.5%

Another very worrying trend is there is no  Algebra in the Common Introductory Course for Junior Cycle Mathematics! In many cases students study no algebra until 2nd year!

# Leaving Cert Higher Maths June 9th 2017 comments

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