North Middlesex Regional School District (NMRSD) is the only Massachusetts
school district with Singapore mathematics (SM) for its curriculum. Since it is
also the American school district with the longest period of SM implementation,
its student outcomes over an extended period afford exceptional opportunities
for a longitudinal statistical study.
At the same time that NMRSD was establishing its SM curriculum,
Massachusetts was in the process of implementing ambitious academic goals.
Mathematics standards (based in part on Singapore’s), tests and teacher
certification requirements were all progressively toughened, to considerable
effect. Participating in TIMSS 2007 as a separate State, Massachusetts earned
5th place overall, solidly ahead of most of the participating countries including
the U.S. itself. Thus, NMRSD’s SM implementation was taking place under
Approximately 5,000 pre-K to12 students are enrolled in NMRSD's 4
elementary, 2 middle and 1 high school. SM implementation was gradual,
beginning in the 2000-01 school-year with 6 SM classrooms. By 2005-06, all
93 of NMRSD grades 1 through 6 classrooms were SM classes. Grades 7 and 8
reached 100% SM participation in 2007-08.