Kentucky schools look to Singapore to raise math scores

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Surrounded by colorful number cards, beads and blocks, dozens of elementary teachers from across Louisville sat inside a packed training room last week, learning a new way of teaching math that focuses on problem-solving and in-depth understanding rather than rote memorization.

It's called Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach — modeled after a curriculum that has made Singapore a world leader in math education.

More than a dozen Jefferson County, Ky., public elementary schools this fall are adopting it as part of the district's move to meet the more rigorous demands of the new Common Core standards.

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