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Singapore Math in Britain: U.K. Looks to Asian Textbooks to Raise Standards, Test Scores in 8,000 Schools

The 74 Million – Laura Fay

“The United Kingdom is betting on Asian-style textbooks and strategies to raise its math scores. The British government has set aside about $54 million to help 8,000 elementary schools adopt the mastery approach to mathematics used in Singapore, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The money will be used for textbooks and teacher training in about half the elementary schools in the country.”(more)

6 Reasons Why Singapore Math Might Just Be the Better Way

The 74 Million – Mark Keierleber

“Since the 1980s, schools in Singapore have taken an innovative approach to teaching elementary math — a curriculum that focuses on problem solving with pictures and diagrams. Before the switch, the country’s math students “weren’t even registering on the charts as far as international ratings go,” says Dan Brillon, director of Singapore Math Inc., a company that distributes Singaporean math textbooks in the United States.”(more)

Customising ‘Singapore maths’ for use in schools abroad

The Strait Times – Yuen Sin

“The Singapore approach to teaching maths has become so popular that “Singapore maths” has become a familiar phrase with teachers and students in at least 14 countries, even as far as South Africa and Chile. It has produced results too. Studies in Britain, India and the United States have shown that the test scores of their pupils at the primary school level improve when they are taught mathematics the Singapore way.”(more)

In the world’s biggest education test, one small country has raced past all the others

Quartz – Jenny Anderson and Amy X. Wang

“Every three years the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tests 15-year-olds around the world on their math, science and reading abilities. Then, countries around the world celebrate, or panic. For example, in 2000, the world learned Finland was a global education superpower (that was news to many in Finland too, according to some). Somehow the country managed to start kids in school at 7, have short school days, assign little homework, test kids infrequently, and still eke out amazing results.”(more)

Can U.S. students catch Asia in science, math?

The Mercury News – Sharon Noguchi

“Except for one blip among eighth-graders, U.S. students held steady in math and science but still lag significantly behind the top tier of East Asian countries, according to international test scores released Tuesday. On tests administered last fall, students in Singapore outscored other countries in both science and math. Clustered toward the top in math, near Singapore’s 618 points for fourth-graders and 621 points for eighth-graders, were South Korea, Taipei in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan, and in science also the Russian Federation and Slovenia.”(more)

Singapore tops global education rankings

BBC – Sean Coughlan

“Singapore has the highest-achieving primary and secondary pupils in international education tests in maths and science. But primary school pupils in Northern Ireland were ranked sixth at maths, the highest of any in Europe. England’s performance has not advanced since tests four years ago. The top places in these rankings are dominated by East Asian countries, such as South Korea and Japan, which are pulling away from their competitors.”(more)