Range: Foundation to Year 2
Purpose: To provide teachers with diagnostic information about how children think about mathematical ideas to inform teaching
Administration: 15–20 minutes (individual)
Pattern and Structure Assessment (PASA) is an innovative way of investigating young children’s understanding of Mathematics.
PASA seeks to find out how children think about mathematical ideas underlying tasks, rather than focusing on what mathematics children can and cannot do (like PAT Maths assesses). By knowing how children approach tasks, teachers can plan and scaffold individual learning experiences.
PASA consists of three one-on-one assessments designed for children in the first three years of formal schooling (Foundation–Year 2). Each PASA assessment consists of approximately 15 tasks, covering a wide variety of ideas that underlie strands of the early Australian mathematics curriculum.
Suitable Year Levels