Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishes Common Core–Focused Math Series

[Press Release]

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Big Ideas Learning Introduce New Common Core-Aligned Mathematics Program for High School

Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II are the first high school programs in the award-winning Big Ideas Math Series.

Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and renowned mathematics curriculum provider Big Ideas Learning today introduced the Big Ideas Math 2015 Common Core High School series – a balanced, rigorous suite of programs designed to provide a deeper understanding of math concepts through inquiry-based exploration.  Already implemented in middle schools, this marks the first Big Ideas Math curriculum series for high school students and educators.

The series, co-authored by well-known mathematics professors Ron Larson, Ph.D., and Laurie Boswell, Ed.D., is comprised of three critical high school mathematics programs — Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.  Each program strives to challenge students beyond basic memorization, enabling them to understand how concepts are inter-connected.  Using real-life applications to build students’ conceptual understanding and procedural fluency, the series turns mathematical learning into an engaging and meaningful way to explore real world concepts and applications.

The launch marks the introduction of the Dynamic Assessment and Progress Monitoring Tool to the Big Ideas Math series, enabling educators to track and monitor student progress throughout the school year.  Its adaptive testing features and additional problem sets directly correlate to specific Common Core State Standards and lessons within the Big Ideas programs.

“As the exclusive distributor of the Big Ideas Math 2015 Common Core High School series, we are proud to offer a suite of programs that prepare students for success within the classroom and beyond,” said John Dragoon, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, HMH.  “It’s critical not only to enable students to master key mathematical concepts, but also teach them how lessons can relate to the world around them.  Big Ideas Math achieves that and more.”

The series provides students with digital resources for use in the classroom or after school, including an online student journal and interactive tools, as well as lesson tutorials and a game closet.

“Big Ideas Math 2015 Common Core High School fully equips teachers with the tools necessary to monitor student progress and for response to intervention,” said Denise McDowell, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Big Ideas Learning.  “It is our goal to provide educators with everything they need to create the most effective learning environment possible.”

The Big Ideas Math curriculum has already had a successful start to 2014, with the middle school series and Big Ideas Math Algebra 1 listed as California state-approved K-8 math programs last week.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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  3. Michael W. Perry

    I’d be more impressed by news that there was a publisher who was NOT developing common-core curriculum–one that was developing alternatives. Is it just me, or are there others who feel that publishers are thinking of nothing but ‘money, money, money’ when they jump on this bandwagon? Do they really want to be part of a nation-wide train wreck, particularly in something as important as this?

    I know the Washington Post has been running articles highly critical of this common-core agenda, and I doubt it’s the only one. I’ve known enough kids and teens to not only question whether this one-size-fits-all-fits all curriculum will work for all kids, but to seriously doubt the competence of anyone who thinks it will.

    And why, pray tell, isn’t Digital Book World running a series of stories about the critics of common core. If this is a legitimate story for DBW, then so are those stories. Trade publications shouldn’t just talk about what a trade is doing. They should also talk about what is should be doing.

    –Michael W. Perry, author of My Nights with Leukemia



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