October 23, 2006

Wright Group/McGraw-Hill Publishes Third Edition of Everyday Mathematics

CHICAGO, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Third Edition of Everyday Mathematics, the nation's leading standards-based elementary mathematics program for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6 published by Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, is now available. The research-based program created by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) has been enhanced to help teachers deal with the challenges of today's classroom. Components for Grades K-6 are now available, with Pre-K available in August 2007.

The new edition of Everyday Mathematics now offers more support for learning differences, extra help for English-language learners, enhanced assessment and new support for the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten mathematics classrooms. The Third Edition also features new technology components to support teachers and students.

Currently used by more than 3 million students in 175,000 classrooms across the United States, Everyday Mathematics was designed, beginning in 1985, as part of UCSMP's effort to help students achieve greater mathematical understanding and enhance problem-solving abilities. The program continues to incorporate the latest research and to build on the premise that young children must learn more mathematics than was expected in the past.

The Third Edition of Everyday Mathematics now includes very explicit grade-level goals, based on an analysis of state standards across the country, said one of the program's authors, Dr. Andrew Isaacs, co-director of the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at UCSMP.

"We used the most stringent standards on each math topic to clarify what students need to know at each grade level and create a framework for assessment," Isaacs said. "Every lesson has a problem identified for assessment that will make it easier for teachers to work toward and report on student progress."

In-depth Differentiated Instruction, With English-language Learner Support

The Third Edition also provides in-depth differentiated instruction to support teachers with diverse groups of learners. This includes support to help teachers make mathematics more accessible to English-language learners. The program also offers readiness activities to prepare children for the lesson, enrichment activities and a variety of extra practice activities, which include games that allow students to enjoy working longer on understanding concepts.

The authors are currently making changes to the Pre-Kindergarten level of the program after extensive research and field-testing in preschools ranging from Head Start to private programs. Research into the mathematical abilities of young children, which is reflected in the practices advocated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, confirms that preschool children are capable of learning a great deal of important mathematics, Isaacs said.

As a result, the expanded Pre-Kindergarten program is organized by topics for teachers working with children who are ages 3 and 4. Preschool teachers are able to pick activities to help the children begin to develop math strategies.

The Kindergarten level also was strengthened with the addition of optional activities for English-language learners, extra practice, center activities, readiness, and literacy, science, art and music connections, as well as enrichment and technology.

Kindergarten also has two new components: "My First Math Book" for students and "Resources for the Kindergarten Classroom" for teachers, said Wright Group Editorial Director Joan Green. Included in "Resources for the Kindergarten Classroom" are suggestions for effectively combining activities with themes and mathematics.

New Technology Components for Teachers and Students

The Third Edition of Everyday Mathematics also includes two new technology components. The UCSMP authors worked with the Wright Group to develop the Assessment Management System. This system allows teachers to input data from each lesson so they can monitor student progress and see which areas each student understands and which the student is struggling to grasp. Teachers then can adapt their lessons to help each student learn more effectively.

Wright Group also developed an Interactive Student Reference Book, an online interactive version of the Everyday Mathematics Student Reference Book. Students can access this component online from their classrooms, homes or libraries. The interactive portions include animated examples as well as available voiceovers for text. Students also will be able to switch to a page for the Interactive Student Reference Book in Spanish by clicking a button.

"The program still has all its core principles and strong content, but we have strengthened it to help teachers be even more effective in their classrooms," Green said.

About Wright Group/McGraw-Hill

Wright Group/McGraw-Hill publishes innovative, alternative core and supplemental literacy and mathematics programs for differentiated instruction and teacher training in Grades Pre-K to 8. The research-based approach is anchored in real-world applications and is based on the assessed needs of students, combining developmentally appropriate materials with explicit outcomes. Wright Group is part of McGraw-Hill Education, a leading global provider of instructional, assessment and reference solutions that empower the success of professionals and students of all ages. McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 40 languages. For more information on Wright Group's products, call 1-800-648-2970 or visit http://www.wrightgroup.com/.

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