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AAMT Standards for Excellence

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 represent the national consensus of the teaching profession and describe 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. 

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.

Standards document

Download a PDF copy of the Standards or read an online version with further elaboration.

Professional learning

A small collection of materials and approaches that use or link to the AAMT Standards that teachers can use to support their professional learning.