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Countries around the world first became interested in Singapore’s math curriculum when results of the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) were published in 1995. Conducted by the International Study Center at Boston College, achievement tests in both math and science were administered to students in over 40 countries. Students from Singapore ranked highly in mathematics achievement: 1st in the fourth, seventh, and eighth grade levels and 2nd at the third grade level. Results for the U.S. were disappointing: 10th in the third grade, 11th in the fourth grade, 23rd in the seventh grade, and 27th at the eighth grade level. In a follow-up study in 1999, Singapore again ranked 1st in eighth grade math achievement while U.S. eighth graders ranked 19th. Although a first place ranking does not necessarily imply the best program, something about Singapore’s math program seems to be working.

"Singapore Approach Math" is a general term referring to the math curriculum, or syllabus, designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education. The curriculum has been regularly revised over the last two decades, with most recent revisions in 2001. We carry two different lines. From SingaporeMath.com we carry Earlybird Kindergarten Math (PK-K), Primary Math (1-6), and New Elementary Math (7-10). From Great Source Educational we carry Math in Focus (K-6).

Both of these programs are produced by the same company, Marshall Cavendish Education (Singapore). The U.S. Primary Math editions have a 2003 copyright, while the newer, Standards Edition have a 2008 copyright. These are both modifications of the original edition of Singapore math. These programs are distributed in the U.S. by SingaporeMath.com. They are essentially the same, though the Standards Edition has a small amount of added material and some of the sequences have been rearranged to better meet U.S. standards. Math in Focus has a 2009 copyright. It is distributed in the U.S by Great Source, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and packaged for the homeschool community by Saxon Homeschool. So, the programs have common origins.

Primary Math and New Elementary Math are based on the 1997 mathematics syllabus. New Elementary Math has since been "phased out" of schools in Singapore (probably in favor of texts following the 2001 syllabus). However, Primary Math and New Elementary Math are the series that originally gained Singapore international recognition for excellence in mathematics.

There are now manipulatives especially designed to be used with the Singapore approach. Look for these at the end of this section.

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Discovering Math Question Bank 4B

Discovering Math Question Bank 4B
Item #: 048602
ISBN: 9789814236522
Grades: 10-11
Rainbow Price: $13.50

Discovering Mathematics 1A Teacher Guide

Discovering Mathematics 1A Teacher Guide
Item #: 007087
ISBN: 9789814176743
Grade: 7
Author: Bob DeWeese
Rainbow Price: $30.00

Discovering Mathematics 1B Textbook

Discovering Mathematics 1B Textbook
Item #: 007261
ISBN: 9789814176675
Grade: 7
Rainbow Price: $20.50

Discovering Mathematics 2B Textbook

Discovering Mathematics 2B Textbook
Item #: 007283
ISBN: 9789814176699
Grade: 8
Rainbow Price: $20.50

Discovering Mathematics 3 Workbook

Discovering Mathematics 3 Workbook
Item #: 045228
ISBN: 9789814249270
Grade: 9
Rainbow Price: $16.00

Discovering Mathematics 3A Teacher Guide

Discovering Mathematics 3A Teacher Guide
Item #: 007133
ISBN: 9789814176781
Grade: 9
Author: Jo Ellen Moore
Rainbow Price: $31.00

Discovering Mathematics 3A Textbook

Discovering Mathematics 3A Textbook
Item #: 007293
ISBN: 9789814176705
Grade: 9
Author: Lisa Sernette
Rainbow Price: $22.00

Discovering Mathematics 3B Teacher Guide

Discovering Mathematics 3B Teacher Guide
Item #: 007191
ISBN: 9789814176798
Grade: 9
Author: Carrie A. Snyder
Rainbow Price: $31.00

Discovering Mathematics 3B Textbook

Discovering Mathematics 3B Textbook
Item #: 007301
ISBN: 9789814176712
Grade: 9
Author: Barbara Adams
Rainbow Price: $22.00

Discovering Mathematics 4 Workbook

Discovering Mathematics 4 Workbook
Item #: 045229
ISBN: 9789814249294
Grade: 10
Rainbow Price: $16.00

Discovering Mathematics 4A Teacher Guide

Discovering Mathematics 4A Teacher Guide
Item #: 007219
ISBN: 9789814236560
Grade: 10
Author: Concetta Doti Ryan
Rainbow Price: $31.00

Discovering Mathematics 4A Textbook

Discovering Mathematics 4A Textbook
Item #: 007304
ISBN: 9789814176729
Grade: 10
Rainbow Price: $22.00

Discovering Mathematics 4B Teacher Guide

Discovering Mathematics 4B Teacher Guide
Item #: 007220
ISBN: 9789814236584
Grade: 10
Author: Concetta Doti Ryan
Rainbow Price: $31.00

Discovering Mathematics 4B Textbook

Discovering Mathematics 4B Textbook
Item #: 007306
ISBN: 9789814176736
Grade: 10
Author: Iren Thomas
Rainbow Price: $22.00

Discovering Mathematics Common Core State Standards Teaching Notes and Solutions 7A

Discovering Mathematics Common Core State Standards Teaching Notes and Solutions 7A
Item #: 003524
ISBN: 9789814250580
Grade: 7
Rainbow Price: $29.00

Discovering Mathematics Common Core State Standards Textbook 7A

Discovering Mathematics Common Core State Standards Textbook 7A
Item #: 055279
ISBN: 9789814250528
Grade: 7
Rainbow Price: $22.00

Discovering Mathematics Common Core State Standards Textbook 7B

Discovering Mathematics Common Core State Standards Textbook 7B
Item #: 003530
ISBN: 9789814250535
Grade: 7
Rainbow Price: $22.00

Discovering Mathematics Common Core State Standards Workbook 7A

Discovering Mathematics Common Core State Standards Workbook 7A
Item #: 055280
ISBN: 9789814431743
Grade: 7
Rainbow Price: $8.30

Discovering Mathematics Common Core State Standards Workbook 7B

Discovering Mathematics Common Core State Standards Workbook 7B
Item #: 003540
ISBN: 9789814250559
Grade: 7
Rainbow Price: $8.30

Discovering Mathematics Common Course State Standards Workbook Solutions 7A

Discovering Mathematics Common Course State Standards Workbook Solutions 7A
Item #: 006347
ISBN: 9789814250603
Grade: 7
Rainbow Price: $15.00

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