Math Initiative Bill Online
Longitudinal Study Released-Singapore Math WORKS-early release-Presentation by Dr. Bisk from Massachusetts
Presentation to Utah Legislature Education Committee on 9-17-08 (free download)
Agency Based Education
Singapore Math Facts and The State of Utah's Math
Why Singapore Math? Simply put, it's the world leader. Start with the best, do it right, and then look to improve.
Here are some simple facts about Utah's current math situation and Singapore, the world leader in math comprehension and knowledge.
Compared to the United States as a whole on the last TIMSS exam, Singapore has 44% of their 8th graders at an advanced comprehension of math, while the United States languishes at 7%. WE CAN DO BETTER! Imagine a state where 40% of the population had an advanced understanding of math. Think of the high tech companies with high paying jobs that would flock to a state with that kind of workforce and vision. Utah can and should lead the country by adopting Singapore math.
To those who say the TIMSS exam only tests the best in Singapore or only those in the top schools geared toward math, Dr. Jim Milgram at Stanford has stated, "The TIMSS scores are over a CROSS SECTION of the community. They reflect as accurately as is possible the entire population. The same with our kids. So, when one looks at our top 5% they "perform similarly to the top 10 - 20% of the age cohort in most of the other countries." [S. Takahira, P. Gonzales, M. Frase, L.H. Salganik, "Persuing Excellence: A Study of U.S. Twelfth-Grade Mathematic and Science Achievement in International Context." U.S. Dept. of Ed. 1998, P. 44."
Even though Singapore does have a division in students after 6th grade, this graph is further evidence that students in Singapore start off with a much better foundation than our children and then never look back.
Comparing our test failure rates, this chart shows Utah's UBSCT test administered to graduating students and shows that 20% of them can't pass 8th grade math work by the time they graduate. In Singapore, in order to move from elementary school to secondary school you must pass a high-stakes exam which has challenging questions on it. The difference is drastic.
Utah: Our state standards received a D from the Fordham Foundation and a C from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Utah: "Utah children need a life. Singapore's culture is different than ours and all they do is focus on education."
For more topical information about Singapore math, please visit the resources page where you can find examples of homework and other information.