Columbus, Ohio — SRA/McGraw-Hill´s Real Math Building Blocks Pre-K was found to have positive effects on mathematics achievement in early childhood education, according to a report from What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), a group established by the government to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with scientific evidence of what works in education.
SRA Real Math is a research-based curriculum that balances skills-driven strategies and real-world practice to effectively engage Pre-K-6 students in math education. The Building Blocks software is a set of computer programs included in Real Math that serves as a personal student tutor, providing engaging, proven learning activities that correspond to levels of thinking on the learning trajectory. Building Blocks also has a sophisticated management system to track individual and class progress.
Building Blocks was developed by Drs. Julie Sarama and Douglas Clements based on research funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education´s Institute of Educational Sciences. In addition to the software component of SRA Real Math, Building Blocks Pre-K is a complete preschool curriculum including print materials, manipulatives, and software. The full Building Blocks Pre-K curriculum was evaluated by WWC, and found to produce positive effects on student learning.
According to the report, two studies of Building Blocks Pre-K met the WWC evidence standards. The WWC considers "the extent of the evidence for Building Blocks to be moderate to large for mathematics achievement." To view the complete WWC report, visit: www.whatworks.ed.gov/InterventionReportLinks.asp?iid=423&tid=13
"Doug and Julie are outstanding researchers and program developers," said Daniel Caton, president of McGraw-Hill Learning Group, which includes SRA/McGraw-Hill. "We are fortunate to have partnered with them to incorporate Building Blocks Pre-K into the Real Math program. Together, we are providing world-class math education for today´s young children."
In addition to Building Blocks, Real Math has a comprehensive, fully integrated suite of technology tools to deliver motivating and rich math instruction, including the ePlanner, eAssess, ePresentation and online professional development for teachers as well as eGames, eMathTools, and eTextbooks for students.
Real Math incorporates the latest in research on how children learn math. The program fully incorporates the five key strands of mathematical proficiency in every lesson: understanding, computing, applying, reasoning, and engaging. Based on more than 30 years of classroom experience, field testing, and research, Real Math is a fresh, new program that benefits from a solid pedagogy and background. Real Math follows the guidelines outlined in the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics´ Curriculum Focal Points. Demonstrations are available online at Review.RealMath.com.
About What Works Clearinghouse
Established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education´s Institute of Education Sciences, the group provides educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education. WWC aims to promote informed education decision-making through a set of databases and reports that provide consumers with reviews of the effectiveness of replicable educational programs, practices, and policies, that intend to improve student outcomes. The WWC is administered by the Institute of Education Sciences through a contract to a joint venture of the American Institutes for Research and the Campbell Collaboration.
SRA/McGraw-Hill is the top provider of specialized research-based educational programs and professional development for the elementary market. Leading programs include SRA Imagine It! reading program, Direct Instruction, Real Math, and additional core and supplemental programs. SRA is part of McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP). McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of instructional, assessment, and reference solutions that empower professionals and students of all ages. McGraw-Hill Education has offices in 33 countries and publishes in more than 40 languages. Additional information is available at mheducation.com. For more information on SRA/McGraw-Hill´s products, call 1-888-SRA-4543 and visit SRAonline.com.