1. McGraw-Hill (including Direct Instruction, Frank Schaffler Publishing, Macmillan, Glencoe, SRA/Open Court, Everyday Mathematics, and the Wright Group)

  2. Reed Elsevier (including Harcourt, LexisNexis, Reinhard and Winston, Rigby, Steck-Vaughn, Reading Recovery, Heinemann, and Riverdeep)

  3. Vivendi (including Houghton Mifflin, McDougal Littell, Riverside Assessments, Sunburst Technology, and Great Source)3

  4. Pearson (including Addison Wesley Longman, Scott Foresman, Silver Burdett Ginn, Simon and Schuster, Globe Fearon, Modern Curriculum Press, Celebration Press, Dale Seymour Publications, Prentice Hall School, Waterford Early Reading, Waterford Early Math and Science, Sing, Spell, Read and Write)

We selected two publishers per grade band level (elementary, middle, and high school). Because our independent sources only identified publishers with the largest market share and not specific mathematics curriculum materials, we asked the publishers to select their curricula with the highest market share. The publishers then submitted the curricular materials and accompanying evaluation studies that they had conducted or were aware of for our review.

We analyzed evaluations of the following six commercially generated programs:

Elementary School:

  • Math K-5, 2002 (Addison Wesley/Scott Foresman)

  • Harcourt Math K-6 (Harcourt Brace)

Middle School:

  • Applications and Connections, Grades 6-8, 2001 (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill)

  • An Incremental Development, Sixth Grade, Eighth Grade (2nd edition) and An Incremental Development, Seventh Grade, Algebra 1/2 and Algebra (3rd edition) (Saxon)


Houghton Mifflin Company was later sold by Vivendi (in December 2002). Houghton Mifflin Company sold Sunburst Technology in October 2002.

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