Tallahassee, FL (PRWEB) November 19, 2009
The Florida State Instructional Materials Committee approved for purchase by school districts across the state a comprehensive suite of kindergarten through high school mathematics programs from the education, services and technology company Pearson. Over the next six months, Florida's 67 school districts will select new math curricula that will guide instruction for the state's 2.5 million students for six years beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.
Developed specifically for Florida and scrutinized for months by the state committee, Pearson's research-based programs are directly aligned to the state's new "Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Mathematics" and are designed to meet today's students in their digital world.
Pearson's math programs customized for Florida include: Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH Florida for Grades K-5; Florida Mathematics 1, 2, and 3 for Grades 6-8; Prentice Hall Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 for Florida and Prentice Hall Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 for Florida Honors for Grades 9-12.
"With the 'Next Generation Sunshine State Standards,' Florida clearly recognizes that students need to begin building strong math skills from the first day of school to be successful in our highly-competitive technology-driven global economy," said Pearson's Vice President for Florida Debbie Campbell. "The state committee's approval of our innovative, research-based programs is further validation that they understand the value of a rock-solid foundation in math as critical to our children's futures."
She continued, "As we meet with districts around our state, educators tell us that they believe the depth of coverage in our 21st century math programs combined with the latest innovations in visual learning and interactive problem solving techniques will help them successfully implement Florida's new math standards next school year. Our team will work closely with them over the next year providing professional development and training as they implement Pearson's math programs in classrooms from the Gulf Coast to the Space Coast."
The committee gave unanimous approval and high scores to Pearson's enVisionMATH Florida. Built on the research-based instructional design behind the nation's #1 math program, enVisionMATH Florida features integrated support for English language learners, embedded data-driven Response to Intervention (RTI) with differentiated instruction and the option of a print, completely digital curriculum or a blended combination, whichever the teacher chooses.
Campbell noted that stunning new results from the second year of an independent study conducted by the educational research firm PRES Associates validate that enVisionMATH's solid instruction improves student achievement on national math assessments, demonstrating significant improvement in problem solving and computation, as well as math concepts and communications. She said, "The most compelling finding from the second year of the enVisionMATH study indicates that students began their fourth grade year with a grade equivalent of 4.1 in computation. They ended their fifth grade year with a grade equivalent of 9.2. This result is amazing because students are typically expected to see growth of only two grade equivalents over the course of two years. enVisionMATH students saw double that growth over the course of just two years of learning math with this program."
Florida is one of the first states in the country to build its standards based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum Focal Points for Grades PreK-8 and Pearson's math programs for Florida were developed specifically to directly align to those standards. In fact, Pearson's elementary and high school programs are authored by some of the same leaders in math education who wrote the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points, 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; Dr. Randall Charles, past vice president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics at San Jose State University; and Dr. Jane F. Schielack, Associate Dean for Assessment and PreK-12 Education, Texas A&M University who chaired the Writing Team of the Curriculum Focal Points Committee.
Dr. Charles said, "Earlier this fall, I had the privilege of meeting many math teachers from throughout Florida when I spoke at the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference. Overall they expressed enthusiasm about the direction that the state's new standards will take math education and acknowledged that instructional materials with an emphasis on problem-solving will be key successfully teaching the new benchmarks."
He continued, "Problem-solving is at the core of the newly approved Pearson math programs for Florida, giving teachers the perfect instructional tool for helping their students understand math concepts and build a firm foundation for higher level math."
The K-12 Pearson programs that were approved by the committee are:
-- Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH Florida for Grades K-5. An innovative, research-based curriculum customized to Florida's new state standards enVisionMATH Florida enhances the understanding of concepts through visual instruction and increases the student's ability to solve problems through the use of bar diagrams. By exposing young students to algebraic concepts as early as kindergarten, they are building a rock solid foundation in math that will prepare them for the challenges of middle, high school and college course work.
-- Florida Mathematics 1, 2, 3 for Grades 6-8. The Florida Mathematics curriculum for middle school embeds mathematical concepts into engaging, interconnected problems, leading to higher-order thinking, problem-solving skills and a deeper understanding of math. The three-step "Launch, Explore, Summarize" approach helps students develop mathematical thinking and reasoning while practicing and maintaining skills. Students may access an interactive version of the textbook with built-in homework help, ensuring each student succeeds. Accompanied by robust, built-in professional development, teachers can easily adopt Florida Mathematics 1, 2, 3 as their math curriculum for grades 6-8. Customized for Florida and aligned to the state's new standards, Florida Mathematics 1, 2, 3 includes both regular and honors programs.
-- Prentice Hall Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 for Florida for Grades 9-12. Pearson's new Prentice Hall high school math series, developed for Florida and aligned to state standards, is designed to change the way students see and learn math - how they engage in the mathematics, how they understand the concepts and how they can transfer those skills to tests, college and life. The Florida Editions of Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2, including the Honors Gold Series, are a blend of print and digital components that create an engaging learning environment that supports all students and teachers at the level of technology where they are comfortable. New tools, new insights and new ways of connecting to the world put more power in the hands of teachers to digitally reach each student at his or her own level. Florida high school students have created numerous chapter opener videos that will become part of this customized curriculum.
For high school students, the committee also approved 10 additional elective and advanced placement programs, for courses in: Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, Statistics, Mathematical Analysis, and Liberal Arts Math, a program for students who struggle with Algebra.
All Florida high school curriculum programs are offered with the additional option of MathXL® for School, the most widely used online homework, tutorial and assessment system in U.S. colleges and universities and now available to the high school market. MathXL for School also offers universal courses for Algebra Readiness, Algebra I, Algebra II, ADP (American Diploma Project) Algebra I and Algebra II, and College Readiness.
For more information about the Pearson programs and support for math education in Florida, visit http://www.mathforflorida.com, an interactive Web site developed to offer teachers activities for teaching to the current math standards and making the transition to the new standards. The site includes videos, visual learning animations, problem-based interactive learning activities, and printables, games and puzzles so that teachers can familiarize themselves with what to expect in the future without sacrificing content they need for their students today.
About Pearson and Florida:
Pearson (NYSE:PSO) has been providing learning materials to Florida schools for more than 100 years. As the world's leading education and technology company, you may know us individually as Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Longman, SuccessMaker, NovaNET, PowerSchool, SuccessNet, and so many more - names in the world of education that are recognized and respected across the state and the globe. We provide education and testing materials from birth through professional learning as well as the complex management systems that maintain student information data for thousands of schools. Our Pearson people are living and working in every school district across the state, and visiting teachers, principals and curriculum directors every single day. In fact, most teachers in Florida have learned their profession by studying with Pearson's Merrill or Allyn & Bacon textbooks, and many have benefited from our professional development programs.
We are your education partners today, tomorrow and for the future and will continue to invest in the very best instructional materials, teacher education, technology advancements, and services to help you and your students achieve success for generations to come. Like Florida's educators, we are stable, resilient and unwavering in our commitment to our children. The challenges of today's economy will not deter us from our mission to create innovative educational solutions customized to align with Florida's standards for 21st century learning. For more information, visit http://www.mathforflorida.com or http://www.pearsonschool.com.
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