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Singapore Mathematics Textbooks Score In California

All Kindergarten and Elementary School Students Can Use Widely Successful Pedagogy

Singapore, 18 December 2007 - In a major breakthrough, the entire US state of California's Kindergarten and Elementary school students have been granted access to a series of Mathematics textbooks and workbooks created in Singapore.

The series - Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics Standards Edition and Primary Mathematics Standards Edition for grades 1 to 5 - is the first Asian content to be approved for use anywhere in US schools.

The textbook and workbooks are adapted from the Primary Mathematics Project (3rd Ed) series that was co-published by leading education publisher Marshall Cavendish and the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore.

The estimated market size for the Primary Mathematics Standards Edition series alone is more than three million students.

The Primary Mathematics Standards Edition series stands out for its lucid, yet mathematically sound concepts. Designed with colourful illustrations and carefully defined problem sets, the series helps US students to achieve proficiency in Mathematics.

The series, which was used as the core Mathematics curriculum in Singapore schools for twenty years, has been identified as one of the key contributing factors to the success of students in learning Mathematics.

The strong performance of Singapore students in Mathematics was evident in the 1995, 1999 and 2003 TIMSS (Trends for International Mathematics and Science Study) studies, where they consistently achieved top rankings in the global study,conducted every four years.

A study of Singapore Mathematics conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) for the U.S. Department of Education (released in January 2005) concluded, "What the United States needs overall are the sound features of the Singapore Mathematics system."

In studying several different American school districts that were experimenting with the programme, including the Montgomery County Public Schools, AIR researchers found that "Singapore Mathematics textbooks can produce significant boosts in achievement."

According to the AIR report, the Singapore texts "provide rich problem sets that give students many and varied opportunities to apply the concepts they have learned."

How It Came About

The Primary Mathematics Project series was first created in 1982 by the Primary Mathematics Project Team, Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore, and copublished by Marshall Cavendish.

"Working on this project closely with SingaporeMath.com Inc, the sole distributor of the Primary Mathematics series in the US, is an excellent opportunity to establish our footprint in international markets," said Mr. Ling Guan Heng, General Manager, Marshall Cavendish International (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

"The current endorsement will strengthen our efforts of bringing the best in learning and education to the United States particularly California," he added. Mr Jeffery Thomas founder, SingaporeMath.com Inc, said that mathematicians in the US have been advocating the "back to basic" Mathematics over the past two decades.

"They appreciate the sound features of the Singapore Mathematics curriculum which is proven to boost the achievement levels of US elementary students. This is the strongest argument that convinced us to partner with Marshall Cavendish for facilitating the adoption of this series in California," he added.