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Singapore Mathematics
Primary Mathematics

As of December 2015 no studies of Singapore Mathematics were found that fell within the scope of the Primary Mathematics review protocol and met WWC design standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any research based conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of Singapore Mathematics to improve outcomes in this area.
Singapore Mathematics, produced in the United States under the names “Primary Mathematics” (grades 1-6), and “New Elementary Mathematics” (grades 7-12), is a year-long program designed for schools and homeschoolers alike. Based upon the rigorous mathematics curriculum used in Singapore from 1982 to 2001, it provides core curriculum and supplementary materials in the form of course books, manipulatives, teaching guides, and workbooks. The curriculum takes a “concrete-to-pictorial-to-abstract” approach which teaches mastery to each grade level in order to create a foundation for higher mathematical development. An alternative mathematics curriculum for low-performing students which focuses on the same math topics is available, and is taught at a slower pace with greater repetition by expert teachers.

Last Updated: December 2015

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