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AAMT Standards for Excellence

The Standards document is available for download as a PDF file.

About the AAMT Standards

The AAMT Standards for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics in Australian Schools were developed in a widely consultative process between 1999 and 2001 and were adopted by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers at its Council Meeting in January 2002. They therefore represent the national consensus of the profession - teachers - that describes the knowledge, skills and attributes required for good teaching of mathematics.

The Standards are organised into three domains:

  • Professional knowledge
  • Professional attributes
  • Professional practice

Each of these is shaped by and inter-related to the others. The Standards do not seek to advantage a particular style or approach to teaching - diversity is necessary and encouraged through the Standards. The AAMT is committed to high standards, not standardisation.

Taken as a whole, the Standards materials are a framework for teachers' career-long professional growth. Since their adoption by the Council, AAMT members and staff have undertaken a program of research and development to identify ways in which the Standards can support teacher learning and acknowledge those who are working at the level described.

The AAMT has a strong commitment to teachers' work being measured against the AAMT Standards only if an individual teacher wishes to use them for this purpose - credentialling against the Standards will be a voluntary process.

At its Council Meeting in January 2006 the AAMT Council approved the development and publication of an updated version of the Standards, pending review and possible revision. The 2006 version contains updated contextual information about the Standards and their use; the text of the actual Standards is unchanged.

Support materials

The Standards are supported by a collection of resources on the AAMT website. These materials will grow as more and more teachers work with the Standards. In the first instance these materials are designed to:

  • provide further information about the research base of the Standards.

In addition, materials relating to the assessment and accreditation of those teachers who wish to be identified as Highly Accomplished in relation to the Standards are available on this site.

Review of the Standards

Good teaching of mathematics is dynamic, and the Standards need to respond to developing knowledge about the field. In keeping with this, the AAMT Council initially adopted the Standards for a five-year period and decided at its January 2006 meeting that the Standards document should be thoroughly reviewed. A process for seeking members' input was commenced at that time. In the meantime, Teaching Australia has proposed a national framework for 'National Standards for Advanced Teaching and School Leadership'. The AAMT is contributing to the consultation on that work. Details of that involvement and opportunities for members to contribute will be made available during 2008.

The AAMT Council has decided to delay any redevelopment of the AAMT Standards until the Teaching Australia work is completed. At that time any necessary changes to the Standards to fit a wider national framework — if the Council chooses to do so — can be done in concert with changes arising from members' review of the 2002-2006 document.