Orlando, FL, February 3, 2011 – “We want to bring our teaching up to the Common Core Standards level and make sure we are covering what’s required so that students are prepared for the future…It’s important to have a curriculum that supports that journey and makes sure that the teachers are ready and the students are ready,” says Sarah Hoopes, an algebra educator teaching with Prentice Hall High School Math at Lindenwold High School in New Jersey.

Hoopes, like tens of thousands of teachers nationwide, will be transitioning to the new Common Core State Standards over the next two to three years. To help educators make this shift in their classrooms, Pearson announced today at FETC in Orlando the release of Prentice Hall High School Mathematics Common Core Editions – comprehensive curriculum programs for Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.

Prentice Hall High School Math Common Core Editions are fully correlated to the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Content and the program’s authorship team has infused each lesson with the Common Core’s Standards for Mathematical Practice.

“International studies tell us that America’s students are lagging far behind their global peers in math. As U.S. classrooms make the very big transition to the Common Core State Standards, we’re committed to helping teachers implement these rigorous mathematical practices. The new Common Core editions of Pearson’s Prentice Hall High School Math are all about creating true ‘mathematical thinkers’ who will understand math concepts and be prepared for college and future careers,” said Mike Evans, Pearson’s Vice President for Mathematics.

Evans continued, “To assist teachers with tracking progress toward these standards, our Common Core editions incorporate the necessary performance assessments along the way ensure students finish the course with the appropriate knowledge of concepts and skills.”

Here’s how the organizing principles of: Prentice Hall High School Math develop the Standards for Mathematical Practice that are part of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics:

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. An interactive lesson opener begins each lesson, which sets the stage for the rest of lesson tying new content to previously covered material through a real-life example. The problem seeks to invoke critical thinking and reasoning skills. As students progress through the program, step-by-step assistance becomes less structured, so students can analyze a problem situation and formulate solutions plans with greater autonomy and proficiency.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Throughout the program, reasoning exercises focus students’ attention on the structure or meaning of an operation rather than the solution. They are asked to think about a problem and plan a solution instead of simply memorizing a means to an end.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Students are frequently asked to explain their solutions and the thinking that led them to these solutions to show proficiency.

4. Model with mathematics. Students learning with Pearson’s Prentice Hall High School Mathematics program build mathematical models using functions, equations, graphs, tables, and technology.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically. Labs that require the use of physical tools, like protractors or geometric tiles, and technological tools;, such as graphing calculators, dynamic math tools, and spreadsheets, are found in every chapter.

6. Attend to precision. Key terms and concepts are highlighted and explained in each lesson. Students revisit these key terms and must provide explicit definitions or explanations of the terms as they progress.

7. Look for and make use of structure. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to discern patterns and structure as they look to formulate solution pathways. Students are prompted to look within a problem situation and seek to break down the problem into simpler problems.

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. Students are driven to look for repetition in calculations and to devise general methods or shortcuts that can make the problem-solving process more efficient. Online resources offer an opportunity to notice regularity in the way operations or functions behave by easily inputting different values.

Honored by Tech & Learning magazine’s Awards of Excellence, the program’s cutting-edge: online platform includes interactive tutorials correlated to specific homework problems, unlimited practice opportunities that provide detailed and individualized feedback to engage students in finding the solution, skill-based and problem-solving questions, and below-level and above-level texts to differentiate content for every learner.

Educators teaching with the new program can access free online support at: http://www.mypearsontraining.com, participate in on-site: professional development workshops that assist all levels of school personnel during the transition from current to new standards, or utilize the Common Core Implementation and Overview Guide that provides additional resources and comes with the new Common Core Editions. And, the program’s observational tools assist teachers with easily assessing students’ proficiency in each of the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Learn more about Pearson’s Prentice Hall High School Math Common Core Editions at: http://www.PearsonSchool.com/HSMath2012. For more on all of Pearson’s Common Core solutions, go to: http://www.pearsoned.com/commoncore.

Pearson has a vision of effective education: a virtuous circle of learning where powerful technologies enable teachers to assess students unobtrusively, diagnose their learning needs swiftly, prescribe personalized learning, and monitor student progress. This ongoing cycle of feedback to students, teachers, and parents begins by optimizing assessment data and putting it to work for continuous improvement in student progress and teaching effectiveness. For more, visit: http://www.pearsonschool.com.

Kate Miller, kate.miller@pearson.com – 800.745.8489

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