Math in Focus Unveils at NCTM:
Marshall Cavendish and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt brings Singapore-based K-5 Math Program to U.S.

Math in Focus uses proven Singapore approach to ensure comprehensive understanding of math topics.


March 23, 2009 - Leading Asian educational publisher Marshall Cavendish and global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt bring Singapore's highly effective mathematics pedagogy to K-5 classrooms across the United States. With exclusive license to distribute a customized Singapore program, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will unveil Great Source's eagerly awaited Math in Focus at the National Conference of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in Washington, DC on 23 April 2009. 


According to the latest findings of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), students in Singapore consistently rank among the highest in science and mathematics achievement. Based on Singapore's proven approach, Math in Focus provides a concrete-to-visual symbolic progression of instruction. It focuses on fewer topics in greater depth to give students a solid understanding of critical math concepts, and it aligns to the NCTM Focal Points. 

"With Math in Focus, we bring the goodness of Singapore mathematics to U.S. classrooms in a form that American teachers and students will feel comfortable with," said Duriya Aziz, deputy general manager and publisher, Marshall Cavendish.\


"As many educators and policymakers from around the world look to Singapore to mimic its 12 year success in international math assessment, we are fortunate to be able to work with Marshall Cavendish to bring the actual curriculum used in Singapore to the United States," said U.S. consultants Andy Clark and Patsy Kanter. "Math in Focus retains the Singapore program's content, focus, coherence and high expectations. We are confident that it will be part of the solution that enables the United States to continue to significantly improve math instruction and achievement."

Additional components, such as teacher and student eBooks; virtual manipulatives and classroom manipulative kits; and extra practice, reteaching, and enrichment support, enhance the program for students in the United States. Professional development services will ensure successful implementation, program fidelity and delivery of results for teachers.


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