Virginia Public Schools to Conduct State’s First Ever Algebra 1 Pilot on Apple® iPad®, using HMH FuseTM

BOSTON -- Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and the Virginia Department of Education have partnered to conduct a first-ever 18-month pilot of HMH Fuse™: Algebra 1, the world's only full-curriculum Algebra app for the Apple iPad®. The pilot is announced just days after HMH unveiled the results of a study in Riverside, CA, where students who learned Algebra using HMH Fuse, on average, scored 20 percentage points higher than their peers who learned using traditional methods. Approximately 75 students across Powhatan County Public Schools, Henrico County Public Schools and Arlington Public Schools will participate in this historic introduction of an innovative multimedia platform to Virginia math education.

The pilot, which encompasses the 2012 Spring semester and the 2012–2013 school year, will help evaluate to what degree students’ use of enhanced online curriculum leads to measurably improved performance and more favorable attitudes toward math. HMH will provide all content and technical support, as well as conduct all quantitative and qualitative assessments and professional development associated with the evaluation plan.

"We are honored to participate in Virginia's exploration of next-generation learning solutions," said Linda Zecher, President and CEO, HMH. "The findings of this pilot, along with those of our previous studies, will help transform the 21st-century academic experience of Virginia public school students."

HMH Fuse engages students and stimulates learning beyond the capabilities of traditional curriculum delivery. With HMH Fuse, students receive step−by−step animated instruction, instant feedback on practice questions, the ability to write, record and save notes, and access to more than 400 video tutorials with the touch of a finger. Additionally, the platform encourages the use of personalized lesson plans by combining direct instruction, ongoing support, assessment and intervention in a single intuitive suite of tools. HMH Fuse also helps teachers monitor performance with real−time student−specific feedback via Wi−Fi. 

"It is exciting to have a group of Algebra I students from Powhatan High School participating in the HMH Fuse Algebra I pilot in Virginia,” said Dr. Margaret S. Meara, Superintendent of Powhatan County Public Schools. “The Fuse app is not just an e-textbook, but much more.  The videos and interactive math manipulatives will be extremely useful in helping our students understand abstract algebraic concepts.  The Fuse app will allow our students to begin learning in the classroom and then continue at home at their own pace until they truly grasp each concept.  I believe our students will find great success as they tap into the numerous resources that the Fuse app provides at their fingertips.”

Virginia's HMH Fuse pilot is the fifth in the nation, and longest of its kind. Since HMH Fuse's launch in 2010, HMH has launched similar successful programs in California, New Jersey, Texas and Nevada. For detailed information about HMH Fuse, visit

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