Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Algebra Curriculum for Apple® iPad® Stimulates a Near 10 Percent Boost in Math Scores

BOSTON -- Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the results of a year-long pilot of HMH Fuse: Algebra I, the world's first full-curriculum Algebra app for the Apple iPad, involving the Edison Township School District in Edison, NJ.  Educators in the school district selected HMH Fuse in hopes that it would raise the overall math aptitude of its students.  Once the pilot had finished, research showed that average test scores of HMH Fuse users rose nearly 10 percent over their textbook-using peers.

The HMH Fuse platform encourages the use of personalized lesson plans by combining direct instruction, ongoing support, assessment and intervention in one easy-to-use suite of tools.  These results show that with a supportive school culture and strategic implementation, technology can have a significant impact on student achievement. 

“HMH Fuse is truly a powerful tool – one that combines our world-class educational content with technology that today’s digital natives can embrace,” said Bethlam Forsa, Executive Vice President, Global Content and Product Development, HMH.  “By combining these elements, we’ve created an engaging, interactive learning experience that moves beyond the functions of an eBook and fundamentally changes the way students learn algebra.”

Two teachers from two different high schools in the Edison Township School District participated in this study, each teaching one HMH Fuse classrooms and three total control classrooms, which worked from a traditional textbook.  All participants were ninth graders performing at similar achievement levels.  Pretests were administered to all students at the onset of the school year, showing no statistical difference in average scores between either the HMH Fuse classrooms or the control classrooms.  At the end of the year, post-tests were administered to measure any changes in math aptitude in either group.  The research study showed that the average post-test scores of HMH Fuse students were nearly 10 percent higher than those in the control group. 

“We began this pilot in hopes of boosting overall math aptitude by changing the way we presented the subject matter to our students,” said Dr. Richard O’Malley, Superintendent of Edison Township School District.  “We were very pleased with how well they responded to the immersive, interactive nature of the curriculum.  It is important to offer 21st century students the 21st century tools they require to succeed in an increasingly digital world.”

To learn more, visit: http://www.hmheducation.com/fuse/algebra1.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company with the mission of changing 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.