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Districts in NJ, KY Choose Singapore Math, Bar Models App

Year-long Pilots Complement Successful Math in Focus Program, While Providing Parents an Effective Way To Support Classroom Training at Home

BOSTON--(via BUSINESS WIRE)--Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced year-long pilot programs of its Singapore Math, Bar Models App for iPad® in school districts in New Jersey and Kentucky. Three hundred app downloads of each level (grades two through five) will be made available to students at Fayette County Public Schools around Lexington, Ky. and the Edison Township School District in Edison, N.J. The pilot programs will run from January 2012 until May 2012, then will resume from August through December.

“Math in Focus is a program aimed at teaching mastery of the subject matter, rather than simply perfecting a student’s test-taking skills. The Bar Models app is an excellent complement to the curriculum, producing well-rounded students while providing parents an effective way to reinforce classroom training at home.”
.Pilots are comprised of students across four schools in Fayette County and two in Edison. Learners in each grade level will have access to the app at least two to three times per week as part of their regularly-scheduled math period. Teachers and students will take surveys throughout each semester to gain insight on their experiences, while testimonials of all parties, including parents, will be recorded once the pilots have finished.

“As a district that has seen first-hand the benefits of Math in Focus: Singapore Math, we are excited for our students to begin working with this app,” said Dr. Richard O’Malley, Superintendent, Edison Township School District. “Our schools must be ready to prepare 21st century students using 21st century tools. These programs are excellent ways to engage them in fun, challenging new ways.”

Announced earlier this month, Singapore Math, Bar Models is closely aligned with HMH’s Math in Focus®: Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish curriculum; the comprehensive Singapore Math, Bar Models App for iPad is geared toward students in grades two through five and features the signature Singapore Math method for problem solving.

“HMH continues to expand its leadership role in digital education, and the introduction of this innovative app is just the latest step,” said Bethlam Forsa, EVP of Global Content and Product Development for HMH. “Math in Focus is a program aimed at teaching mastery of the subject matter, rather than simply perfecting a student’s test-taking skills. The Bar Models app is an excellent complement to the curriculum, producing well-rounded students while providing parents an effective way to reinforce classroom training at home.”

The Singapore Math Bar Models App for iPad is available in iTunes® by searching the iPad Apps section for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt or Singapore Math Bar Models. For more information, visit www.hmheducation.com/singaporemath/ipad.php.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt With education products and services used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company. The world’s largest provider of materials for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. Through curricula excellence coupled with technology innovations and professional services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students, providing interactive, results-driven learning solutions. Its Educational Consulting Services group works to increase student achievement in underperforming schools by developing, implementing and supporting education transformation through sustained district partnerships. With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.

Contact: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Justin Joseph, 617-351-5020, Manager, Corporate Affairs, Justin.Joseph@hmhpub.com