BOSTON -- Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), in collaboration with Big Ideas Learning, a renowned mathematics instructional materials provider, today introduced Big Ideas Math 2014 – a Common Core-aligned math series that presents a focused, coherent, and rigorous approach to instruction. Big Ideas Math 2014 is aligned to the newest progression documents that form the Common Core State Standards for math. To reach Common Core proficiency, students must show a progression of skills that develops year over year. The pedagogy behind Big Ideas Math is designed to help sequence the Standards and provide coherence to each topic. “Big Ideas Math 2014 provides the conceptual building blocks that help to develop a deeper understanding of math concepts,” said Denise McDowell, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Big Ideas Learning. “It challenges students to think critically about what is in front of them, rather than complete a simple, static problem.” Enabling teachers to gauge student achievement, Big Ideas Math also builds in student assessment. The program embeds preparation for Common Core testing in the online test practice, activities, exercises, in-book assessments, standardized test practice, and ExamView, a test generator created to help prepare students for assessment. Furthermore, new features in the teacher’s edition incorporate detailed support for standards, including full context around each standard as it exists in the material. The program offers multiple development opportunities so teachers can feel confident in their mastery of Common Core-specific topics. “As the exclusive distributor of Big Ideas Math, we are excited to offer a program that empowers teachers to inspire students through Common Core instruction,” said Jack Shira, VP, Product Management & Strategy, Curriculum Solutions, HMH. “This program is ideal because it enables students to be lifelong scholars of math and increases achievement.” The Big Ideas Math program has already made an impact this year, as one book in the series – Big Ideas Math: A Common Core Curriculum Algebra 1 – was named the 2013 Most Promising New Textbook by The Text and Academic Authors Association. Created last year, The Most Promising New Textbook award recognizes current textbooks and learning materials still in their first editions. For more information or to preview Big Ideas Math 2014, visit http://www.hmheducation.com/bigideasmath/index.php. About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company with the mission of changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 60 million students in 120 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com. About Big Ideas Learning Big Ideas Learning creates instructional materials that provide a coherent mathematics curriculum. The goal of their middle school mathematics program is to provide a narrower and deeper course of study that leads to mastery of each benchmark as students move from grade to grade. To learn more, please visit http://www.bigideasmath.com.