Now Jon and his fellow students will always know that they have the correct change in their pockets and that they are developing the foundation in math that will make them successful in learning algebra and other advanced math in high school and college
Glenview, IL (PRWEB) October 27, 2008
Just two weeks ago in Washington, DC, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings told the National Math Panel Forum that math-related jobs are growing at three times the rate of other jobs, yet the US ranks 25th out of 30 developed nations in math literacy and problem solving. Ironically, at the very same moment that the Secretary was sharing her concerns with educators in the Nation's capital, in thousands of elementary school classrooms across the country, students were learning their math concepts with a research-based curriculum which promises to solve the very problems she cites -- developing mathematical thinkers, preparing students for higher level math, and success in college and in life.
Launched this past spring and already chosen by more than 13,000 schools for two million preK-6 students, the new Scott Foresman Addison Wesley enVisionMATH is centered on conceptual development and problem-solving skills, and exposing young students to algebraic concepts as early as kindergarten to build a rock solid foundation for math to ensure that students are prepared for the challenges of middle, high school and college course work.
The #1 math program in the US in 2008, enVisionMATH is published by the education company Pearson and authored by a renowned team of experts in 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, "An independent efficacy study issued last month by PRES Associates Researchers validates enVisionMATH's success in the classroom. Curriculum efforts must be based on research, and this study identifies -- even celebrates -- our program's focus on conceptual understanding, proficiency, and problem solving."
The research report indicated that students learning with enVisionMATH achieved greater improvement than control students across three standardized assessments - the Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GMADE), the Balanced Assessment of Math (BAM), and the Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT8 Math Computation). Additionally, the study reports that enVisionMATH students demonstrated significantly greater improvement in math performance as compared to control students across several different areas of math, including: 1) math computation; 2) math problem-solving and communication; and 3) math vocabulary.
Dr. Fennell added that the program's goal of improving student learning is based on ensuring a focus on foundational topics -- for example, understanding and proficiency with whole numbers and fractions, including decimals and percent, and leading to work with ratio and proportion -- important for all students within an approach that values the important connections among conceptual understanding, proficiency, and problem solving. The program's attention to varied opportunities for assessing student learning is also a critical element of envisionMATH.
Dr. Charles links mastery of algebra and math skills to the long-term fiscal health of our economy and future generations. "Virtually all of the research in recent years confirms that in order for our students to compete in the global 21st century economy, they simply must improve significantly in their understanding of math concepts and skills," he said. "Mathematics is a significant obstacle for many students, and this is no longer acceptable."
Take Jon Koshinksi, a fifth grader from Decatur Public Schools #61 in Illinois, a district that was an early-adopter of enVisionMATH. He recently employed what he learned in math class to ensure that he wasn't short-changed. "I was at the store and they overcharged me one dollar and they were kind of arguing with me," he said. "But then they did the math on a piece of paper and figured out that I was right and I got my dollar back."
"Now Jon and his fellow students will always know that they have the correct change in their pockets and that they are developing the foundation in math that will make them successful in learning algebra and other advanced math in high school and college," said Linda Brown, Jon's math teacher at Baum Elementary School.
A record number of cities and states across the country are turning to this award-winning math program that meets students in the digital world in which they live. In Texas more than 50 percent of elementary school children are now learning with enVisionMATH. And young Jon is one of 50,000 students in Illinois who are becoming mathematical thinkers thanks to the enVisionMATH program.
Published in both English and Spanish, the program's strong, visual learning design includes a Visual Learning Bridge in each lesson, with step-by-step visuals that bridge the gap between the interactive learning activity and guided practice.
Fifth grade teacher Brown said, "Whenever I use the interactive math activities, they almost come out of their seat, I have students in the back of the room actually standing up because they want to be a part of it."
Rick Flanagan, mathematics teacher at Washington State's North Bend Elementary School said, "Last year, when we began using enVisionMATH, it was my fourth different math curriculum in four years. The others all had some positive attributes and things that I liked, but enVisionMATH is far and away a better curriculum. It's the only one that I don't feel a need to supplement in specific areas." He added, "As a teacher, it's easy for me to use. It gives me variety and choices about how I present the lessons, and each and every lesson can be done in a day. The book follows in a logical order, so I don't have to jump around, and it has plenty of homework options too. The students seem to enjoy it and, more importantly, learn more as well. The Re-Teaching, Practice, and Enrichment pages give them all a chance to work at their own level, and the ExamView CD allows me to make assessments specific to where my kids are."
This first-of-its kind curriculum blending digital and print content includes daily differentiated instruction and was developed in collaboration with a team of math teachers. In response to teachers' demands, the program is organized into 20 focused topics at each grade level using a revolutionary, easy-to-use teaching system that places all of the materials for each topic in one place. Animated topic tutorials, video topic openers, whiteboard-ready resources, eTools and online editions help students of all learning styles and abilities access content and allow teachers to easily customize instruction. With assessment and prescriptions embedded throughout enVisionMATH, teachers can individualize instruction for students, ensuring they grasp each concept before moving on to the next lesson. The teacher's manual maps to state learning standards and benchmarks, helping teachers to stay on track to meet learning goals.
The enVisionMATH curriculum provides comprehensive instruction in each of the areas addressed in the key findings of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel's report to the President and the Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings earlier this year. The panel's conclusions noted that proficiency with whole numbers, fractions, and certain aspects of geometry and measurement are the foundations for algebra. Of these, knowledge of fractions is the most important foundational skill not developed among American students. Also, conceptual understanding, computational and procedural fluency, and problem solving skills are equally important and mutually reinforce each other. The Panel noted that the earlier students build a firm foundation in math skills, the greater their chances of academic success.
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kate.miller @ pearson.com