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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 Sprints Workbook 6 Item #: 019485
Grades: 5-6
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Singapore Math Practice 5A Item #: 018498
Grade: 5
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Visible Thinking in Mathematics 3B 2nd Edition Item #: 053424
Grade: 3
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Step-by-Step Model Drawing Item #: 047335
Grades: 1-8
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Singapore Math Practice 4A Item #: 018495
Grade: 4
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Math in Focus: Singapore Math Reteach 5B Item #: 061480
Grade: 5
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Math in Focus: Singapore Math Reteach 3A Item #: 061475
Grade: 3
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Singapore Math Practice 3B Item #: 018480
Grade: 3
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Math Sprints Workbook 4 Item #: 063079
Grades: 4-5
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Math in Focus Homeschool Pkg w/ Ans Key Gr 4 Item #: 055853
Grade: 4
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Visible Thinking in Mathematics 5B 2nd Edition Item #: 053428
Grade: 5
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Singapore Math Practice 2B Item #: 018451
Grade: 2
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Singapore Math Challenge Grade 2 Item #: 034776
Grade: 2
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Singapore Math Challenge Grade 5 Item #: 034801
Grade: 5
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Singapore Math Practice 4B Item #: 018496
Grade: 4
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Math in Focus Grade 2 Assessments Item #: 047799
Grade: 2
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Math in Focus Course 3 Enrichment (Grade 8) Item #: 059067
Grade: 8
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Math in Focus Grade K Assessments Item #: 047811
Grade: K
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New Elementary Math 2 Solution Manual Item #: 013761
Grade: 8
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Math Challenge the Singapore Way Grade 3 Workbook Item #: 058528
Grade: 3
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Math in Focus Grade K Student Book B Part 2 Item #: 047486
Grade: K
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