Although Singapore Math and Common Core are not exactly the same, they share many similarities and alignment.

First off, Singapore Math refers to a specific approach and curriculum originally developed in Singapore, while __Common Core is a set of academic standards __adopted by many U.S. states. These standards are implemented differently from school district to school district and even across schools in the same district.

## Common Core Alignment with Singapore Math

Singapore's consistent success for over 30 years in educating its students has not gone unnoticed. The fact that __1 in 2 Singapore student has exceeded the "advanced benchmark"__ is testament to the quality and staying power of the curriculum. It is no surprise then __several countries who have adopted Singapore Math curriculum__ outright or a version of it. In the USA several popular curricula used across the country are based on the Singapore Math curriculum. The list includes:

### Primary Mathematics

Primary Mathematics is considered the original and most authentic Singapore Math curriculum in the USA[1][5]. It was developed directly from the Singapore national mathematics curriculum and is known for its coherent, focused, and rigorous approach[1]. This program covers grades 1-6 and forms the foundation for many other Singapore Math-inspired curricula in the US.

### Dimensions Math

Dimensions Math is a more recent curriculum developed by Singapore Math Inc., the company that introduced Singapore Math to the US[4]. It is tailored specifically for US teachers and covers pre-K to 8th grade[4]. Dimensions Math maintains the core principles of Singapore Math while adapting to US educational standards and practices.

### Math in Focus

Math in Focus is the US edition of Singapore's math curriculum, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt[6]. It covers grades K-8 and emphasizes problem-solving skills as central to learning mathematics[6]. Math in Focus uses the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach characteristic of Singapore Math and provides resources for differentiated instruction and assessment.

### Other Adaptations

Many state standards and other US math curricula have incorporated elements of Singapore Math into their frameworks[1]. For example:

Eureka Math

EngageNY

## Key Common Features

Regardless of the specific curriculum, Singapore Math-based programs in the US typically share these characteristics:

Focus on fewer topics in greater depth[3]

Emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking[4]

Use of the concrete-pictorial-abstract learning process[3]

Incorporation of visual problem-solving techniques like bar modeling[3]

Early introduction of algebraic thinking[2]

It's important to note that while these curricula are based on Singapore Math principles, they may vary in their exact implementation and adaptation to US educational standards. As noted above, Schools and districts often choose the curriculum that best fits their specific needs and teaching philosophies.

## In Summary. . .

While Singapore Math and Common Core are distinct entities, they share many principles and approaches to mathematics education. Singapore Math curricula used in the U.S. often align well with Common Core standards, making them a popular choice for schools and homeschoolers seeking to meet these standards while benefiting from Singapore's proven approach to math instruction.

Citations:

[1] https://esingaporemath.com/blog/primary-mathematics-curriculum-worlds-ranked-program

[2] https://teachablemath.com/what-is-singapore-math/

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Math

[4] https://monkeyandmom.com/singapore-math-dimensions/

[5] https://esingaporemath.com/what-is-singapore-math

[6] https://www.hmhco.com/programs/math-in-focus

[7] https://www.singaporemath.com/pages/programs

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