## Why is it important to assess students’ understanding of algebra?

It is essential in these first years of algebra, to know where the students are at so that we can form a way forward. Especially when students are coming from a number of schools and a number of differing experiences.

**Garry discusses the benefits of using the diagnostic assessment tools**

## What are some effective ways to assessÂ students’ understanding of algebra?

#### Our suggestions:

- Algebra Programme Overview: We redesigned our Year 9 and 10 mathematics programmes to meet the needs of our students (contributor: Anna Cox)
- Diagnostic Tests: Shows what students know about algebra to teachers with assessment toolsÂ (contributor: Chris Linsell)