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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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Math in Focus Grade 4 Workbook A and B Set Item #: MIF4WB
Grade: 4
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Math in Focus Homeschool Pkg w/ Ans Key Gr 3 Item #: 055852
Grade: 3
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Math in Focus Grade 4 Enrichment B Item #: 048034
Grade: 4
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Math Practice the Singapore Way Grade 1 Workbook Item #: 058531
Grade: 1
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Math in Focus Gr 1 Extra Practice A & B Set Item #: MF1EPS
Grade: 1
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New Elementary Math 2 Workbook Item #: 013671
Grade: 8
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Math in Focus Grade 5 Extra Practice B Item #: 048043
Grade: 5
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Math in Focus Grade 4 Enrichment A Item #: 048032
Grade: 4
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Math in Focus Grade 1 Enrichment B Item #: 048016
Grade: 1
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Singapore Math Practice 6B Item #: 018542
Grade: 6
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Math in Focus Grade 4 Homeschool Package - 2nd Semester Item #: 047807
Grade: 4
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Singapore Math Challenge Grade 4 Item #: 034793
Grade: 4
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New Elementary Math 1 Solution Manual Item #: 013760
Grade: 7
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Singapore Math Practice 5B Item #: 018524
Grade: 5
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Math in Focus: Singapore Math Reteach 1A Item #: 061471
Grade: 1
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Singapore's Thinking Math USA Edition 1B Set Item #: 016684
Grade: 1
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Math in Focus Grade 2 Enrichment B Item #: 048022
Grade: 2
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Math in Focus Grade K Teachers Edition Book B 2nd Semester Item #: 002749
Grade: K
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Math in Focus Gr 4 Extra Practice A & B Set Item #: MF4EPS
Grade: 4
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Math in Focus Grade 3 Workbook A and B Set Item #: MIF3WB
Grade: 3
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Teaching to Mastery Mathematics: Bar Modeling Workbook Item #: 058536
Grades: K-7
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