This report was commissioned by the International Centre for Excellence in Education in Mathematics (ICE-EM).
The main aim of the project was to determine patterns of enrolments in mathematics subjects offered in the final year of schooling (Year 12) across Australia over time, both nationally and within each state/territory. ICE-EM was particularly interested in identifying patterns and trends for the most challenging mathematics subjects offered at the Year 12 level, that is, those subjects which would provide students with the best start in tertiary level studies that have high mathematical demands.
In this report, care is taken when discussing enrolment numbers not to equate them to student numbers. The report focuses on enrolment numbers, not participation rates.