How do we measure success in mathematics, and in schools?

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Focusing questions:
What do you see as constituting success, in general?
Is success measurable? If so, how?
Is it useful to have various levels or degrees of success?
How does success in a subject contribute to success in a school?
What do you see as being successes in mathematics, both at a school level and beyond?
How do other school subjects fit into this scenario?
Is the current system actually measuring success, or is it measuring how successful students are at 'doing' school?

(Provided by @ColinTGraham)

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