chapter  13
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Learning from Jason

ByMary jane Drummond

InFebruary1985,aclassofsevenandeightyearolds,intheirfirstyearof juniorschooling,weretakenintotheschoolhallwheretheysatatindividual tablestotakeamathematicstest(NFER1984).Theheadteacherreadout thequestions,andthepupilswrotetheanswersintheirindividualtestbooklets.OneofthosechildrenwasJason,agedsevenyears,sixmonths,whohad spenttwoandahalfyearsintheinfantdepartment.Thereare36questions inthetestandJasonansweredthemall.Oneoftheanswerswascorrect, givingJasonarawscoreoftwo,andastandardisedscoreof81,a'moderatelylowscore',accordingtotheteacher'sguidetothetest.