Students' Scores Increase on Standardized Achievement Tests with Pearson's New enVisionMATH Program

Independent Research Study Confirms Significant Increases in Understanding Concepts, Problem-Solving, Computation Skills, and Math Communications

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The enVisionMATH program was four years in the making and the PRES Associates efficacy study outcomes are testimony to the importance of the Pearson commitment to conducting research during program development, as well as to providing evidence of program effectiveness.

Glenview, IL (PRWEB) October 23, 2008

A new independent research study validates what elementary school teachers across the country already know - that students learning with Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH, the number one choice of school districts throughout the US this past year, outperform their peers using other math programs.

The first year of a longitudinal efficacy study conducted by the research firm Planning, Research and Evaluation Services (PRES) Associates reveals that students learning with enVisionMATH showed greater improvement in math achievement than control (non-enVisionMATH) students across three standardized achievement tests - the Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GMADE), the Balanced Assessment of Math (BAM), and the Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT8 Math Computation).

Results showed that enVisionMATH students demonstrated statistically significant percentile gains in the following areas: 1) increases of 19 points on concepts and problem-solving; 2) increases of 33 points on computation; 3) increases of 15 points on math vocabulary; and 4) increases of 36 points on math communication.

Further, the enVisionMATH students began the study at a lower math level and subsequently surpassed control students in the areas of math vocabulary (results on the GMADE) and math problem-solving and communication (results on the BAM).    

Published by the education and technology company Pearson, the award-winning Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH is authored by a renowned team of experts in the field of mathematics and mathematics education including Dr. Francis "Skip" Fennell, a member of the President's National Mathematics Advisory Panel and immediate past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; and Dr. Randall Charles, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics at San Jose State University and past vice president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.

Dr. Fennell said, "These findings are important as an independent assessment of an approach to elementary mathematics education which carefully considers the related importance of conceptual development, proficiency, including computational fluency, and problem-solving skills. We now have data that confirms that the integration of concepts, skills, and problem solving is having a significant impact on improving student achievement."

He added, "This news validates our original commitment to a concept of integrating foundational mathematics concepts with problem-based opportunities and visual learning strategies to create more in-depth connections for our 21st century students."

Dr. Charles said, "enVisionMATH's strong, visual learning design includes a Visual Learning Bridge in each lesson, with step-by-step visual instruction that bridges the gap between the problem-based interactive learning activity and guided practice. The research shows that this powerful combination of visual and print components accelerates student achievement. In fact, the PRES Associates study showed that the more components of enVisionMATH teachers integrated into their lessons, the greater the improvement in student skills."

"At Pearson, we are committed to investing in scientific research studies to both inform the development of our curriculum programs and provide proof of effectiveness," said Marcy Baughman, Pearson's director of academic research. "While some programs may claim to have proof of program effectiveness, enVisionMATH actually has a rigorous, independent study conducted by leading education researchers that demonstrates that the program helps young learners develop a firm conceptual foundation in mathematics which will prepare them for learning higher level math." She added, "Our efficacy studies are also critical because we collect data to inform best instructional practices for teachers and to contribute to the development of next-generation iterations of our programs."

Baughman noted that, "The enVisionMATH program was four years in the making and the PRES Associates efficacy study outcomes are testimony to the importance of the Pearson commitment to conducting research during program development, as well as to providing evidence of program effectiveness."

Baughman said, "From a researcher's perspective, it is particularly impressive to see results of this caliber in the first year of implementing a new program." She noted that the PRES Associates randomized control trial took place in the 2007-2008 school year, and that the report indicated anticipation of an even stronger correlation between learning with the digital and print components of enVisionMATH and the development and improvement of critical math skills in the second year of the study.

The enVisionMATH curriculum provides comprehensive instruction in each of the areas that are addressed in the key findings of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel reported to the President and the Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings earlier this year.

Just released this past spring, the award-winning enVisionMATH has already been chosen by more than 13,000 schools for two million K-6 students across the country. To learn more about enVisionMATH, visit http://www.envisionmath.com

About Pearson:
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to http://www.pearson.com.

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