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



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

   Year-long pilot study in Edison Township School District illustrates the
                       benefits of HMH Fuse: Algebra I

Business Wire

BOSTON -- August 01, 2012

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 21^st century students the 21^st
century tools they require to succeed in an increasingly digital world.”

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

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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.

Contact:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Bianca Olson, 617-351-3841
Director, Corporate Communications
Bianca.olson@hmhpub.com
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