Research Confirms College- and Career-readiness Starts with Math in Pre-K

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Pearson's Opening the World of Learning for America's Youngest Learners Infused with Rigorous Math, Science and Reading Content

For decades, educators' focus on early learning was always centered on reading skills; now, research* reveals that math preparedness is the best predictor for student success in school. Leading early childhood education experts recently developed a new pre-Kindergarten program, heavily focused on mathematics. Pearson's Opening the World of Learning (OWL), integrates rigorous digital and print instructional materials for the nation's youngest learners, meant to improve these students' chances of going to college. See video.

Available now to help teachers effectively introduce math concepts in pre-K, OWL incorporates mathematics and science along with reading and language development and other critical skills for students throughout its lessons. The OWL program is geared to align with the new Common Core State Standards for math and reading, setting the stage early on for success in college and careers.

Dr. Juanita Copley, the authority on using math in the classroom to prepare pre-Kindergarten students for success, was instrumental in the development of OWL. Of the program's research base, Copley said, "The research is clear. A child's exposure to math in pre-Kindergarten is indicative of later school success. Preschool-age children are natural learners and capable of understanding much more than we often credit them."

Copley continued, "Integrating math and science substantively into the daily routine gives young children a solid academic base from which to grow as students. Inviting young children to become scientists - exploring, hypothesizing, measuring and experimenting - sets them up not only to understand their physical world, but to continue to be fascinated by their own ability to learn and discover throughout their school years."

OWL provides an exhaustive list of resources to develop children's English vocabulary at an amazing rate of 3,000-4,000 words, which research shows is critical to best prepare children for Kindergarten and long-term school success:

  • Rigorous content in critical subjects like math and English language development to help better prepare school children for success in kindergarten on their path to college;
  • Equitable resources for English language learners, including materials with tips and step-by-step instructions for teachers to help with special accommodations;
  • Comprehensive assessment tools that determine what level each student is performing to help teachers quickly identify academic strengths and weaknesses and differentiate instruction and intervene, as needed;
  • Great selection of literature from classics like "Corduroy" by Don Freeman to popular storybooks like "Trucktown Helpers" by Jon Scieszka;
  • A rich blend of print, CD/DVD, online resources, and manipulatives, like musical instruments, for teachers to choose from and easily customize their instruction for students' individual learning needs; and
  • Regular assessments to help teachers closely monitor individual student progress, including guides to modify instruction for each student based on his or her understanding of the lessons.

More information about Pearson's OWL program can be found at .
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Pearson has a vision of effective education: a virtuous circle of learning where powerful technologies enable teachers to assess students unobtrusively, diagnose their learning needs swiftly, prescribe personalized learning, and monitor student progress. This ongoing cycle of feedback to students, teachers, and parents begins by optimizing assessment data and putting it to work for continuous improvement in student progress and teaching effectiveness. For more, visit

*School Readiness and Later Achievement. Developmental Psychology -

*National Research Council, Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity -

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Kate Miller, kate(dot)miller(at)pearson(dot)com - 800.745.8489

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