BOSTON -- Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), in coordination with Big Ideas Learning, an award-winning mathematics textbook publisher, today announced the completion of a dual pathways curriculum for middle school mathematics – Big Ideas Math. With the release of the Big Ideas Math Accelerated Grade 7 and Big Ideas Math Algebra 1, Big Ideas Math is now the only program to offer the complete Common Core State Standards solution with both regular and compacted pathways. These new releases are both part of the latter track, in which students complete all high school Algebra 1 by 8th grade, preparing them for Calculus and other college-level courses. The Big Ideas Math program has already made a positive impression this year, winning a 2012 Textbook Excellence Award for math and statistics, an honor bestowed by the Text and Academic Authors Association. The annual program honors excellence in textbooks and other learning materials in eight different academic categories. “The common core state standards outline two pathways for middle school mathematics: a regular pathway where students take algebra in the 9th grade, and a compacted pathway allowing students to take algebra in the 8th grade,” said Denise McDowell, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Big Ideas Learning. “HMH and Big Ideas Learning responded to the market and pedagogical needs for a series that includes both the regular and compacted pathways.” Big Ideas Math is a common core state standards curriculum that uses the standards for mathematical practices. The narrower and deeper curriculum is presented through a balanced approach to instruction. “Ensuring that all teachers and students are ready for Common Core implementation can be an arduous process for any school district,” said James O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management, HMH. “Big Ideas Math is an ideal program because it presents two distinct pathways, giving educators the flexibility to implement the program in the way that most makes sense for their students.” For more information or to preview the Big Ideas Math textbooks, visit http://www.hmheducation.com/bigideasmath/index.php. About HMH With education products and services used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company. The world’s largest provider of materials for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. Through curricula excellence coupled with technology innovations and professional services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students, providing interactive, results-driven learning solutions. Its Educational Consulting Services group works to increase student achievement in underperforming schools by developing, implementing and supporting education transformation through sustained district partnerships. With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. 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.