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APEC members differ in the degree of centralization of mathematics standards and other educational standards. Most education systems in APEC members are set and approved by the central Ministry responsible for education. However, several APEC members, including Canada and the United States, do not have nationally-set standards, but each province or state determines their own.

A summary table comparing recently approved math standards from 10 APEC members is shown below.  Much of this information was extracted from the Analysis of Mathematics and Science Standards In APEC report completed by Achieve.  Please also see the APEC Wiki page devoted to the Analysis of Mathematics Standards.

Summary Table Comparing Math Standards from APEC Members as of 2007
Economy

National/Regional Standards

Organization Years Included Middle and Secondary Structure: Parallel and Sequential

Australia

Regional. National documents are guidelines for states and territories 

Statements of Learning:
Every other year beginning with Year 3


Years 3, 5, 7, & 9

Sequential

China


National

Primary & Lower Secondary: three year spans


Upper Secondary: single years

Primary:
Years 1-3
Years 4-6

Lower Secondary:
Years 7-9
Secondary: Years 10 & 11

Parallel

Hong Kong, China

For additional curriculum documents, click here.

National All Levels: Single Years

Primary: Years 1-6

Secondary: Years 7-11

Sequential

Japan

From the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture and Science (MEXT):

National All Levels: Single Years Years 1-9 Parallel

Korea

National  All Levels: Single Years Years 1-12 Sequential

Malaysia

National All Levels: Single Years Years 1-6  Sequential

New Zealand

National with significant flexibility at the regional level.  Primary & Lower Secondary: Year spans with concentration at alternating years

Pre-kindergarten-Year 4 (Year 1 Focus)
Kindergarten-Year 6 (Year 3 Focus)
Year 2- 8 (Year 5 Focus)
Year 3- 10 (Year 7 Focus)
Year 6-12(Year 9 Focus)
Year 7-12(Year 10 Focus)
Year 8- Post-Secondary (Year 11 Focus)
Year 9- Post-Secondary(Year 12 Focus)
Sequential

Singapore

2007 Mathematics (Primary) Syllabus
2007 Mathematics (Secondary) Syllabus

National 
  • Primary & Lower
  • Secondary: Single Years
  • Upper Secondary: Two year span
Primary & Lower Secondary: Years 1-9
Upper Secondary: Years 9-10

Sequential

 

Chinese Taipei

National All Levels: Single Years Years 1-12 Sequential

United States (MA) 

Regional by state. All Levels: Two year spans
Pre-kindergarten & Kindergarten
Years 1-2
Years 3-4
Years 5-6
Years 7-8
Years 9-10
Years 11-12
Sequential

United States (NAEP) 

Cumulative national assessment framework. All Levels: Four year spans Years 1-4
Years 5-8
Years 9-12
Sequential
United States (CommonCore)
Voluntary by state
Grades K-8, with Upper Secondary (High School) by topic
Years 1-12


See Also:

 
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)