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The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) was started under the direction of Prof. Zalmud Usiskin in 1983. The first work was in the development of six texts Transition Math (Pre-algebra) through Precalculus/Discrete Math. The difference in the writing of these texts is that everyday mathematics teachers were involved with professional mathematicians and there were constant applications of the information. The books were written, field tested in the schools, revised and then published. Continued testing goes on with controlled and users groups. The user groups consistently outscore other students on standardized tests. There has been a complete second revision of these texts. The University continues training of new users of their materials during regular in-service sessions in August and November. The materials are published by: Scott Foresman 1900 East Lake Ave. Glenview IL 60025 1-800-554-4411 In addition, there is a K-6 curriculum with accompanying teacher in-service. These materials are published by the: Everday Learning Corporation PO Box 1479 Evanston IL 60204-1479 1-800-382-7670. Both K-6 and 7-12 users are provided with a free newsletter that is published in the fall and the spring. What distinguishes the UCSMP 7-12 materials from other text series is that the students are expected to read the text, answer questions on the reading, apply the information presented and constantly review not only the last section or chapter but perhaps the last text. The texts are well structured. I have taught from two texts in the series and support the philosophy behind the texts. -Marielouise, for the Teacher2Teacher servic
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