In the fall of 2015, Triton Regional School District adopted and implemented the Math in Focus®: Singapore Math program in grades Kindergarten through eighth. Math in Focus is the United States version of the curriculum developed in Singapore. Singapore, a top performing country in international assessments such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Program for International Assessment (PISA), developed their mathematics program over the last thirty years. Due to Singapore’s success, its standards were consulted during the development of the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.
Math in Focus was developed utilizing the Singapore Ministry of Education Mathematics Framework (shown below). At the heart of the program is mathematical problem solving that is connected by five equal components of a well-articulated framework for learning mathematics. A mathematics program, focused on problem solving, must involve the concepts, skills, and processes that support positive attitudes and metacognition (the ability to reflect on learning).