Singapore Math and the Common Core State Standards

Achieve, an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization has found that Singapore’s Math Syllabus aligns well with the Common Core State Standards. They conclude:

Overall, the CCSS are well aligned to Singapore’s Mathematics Syllabus. Policymakers can be assured that in adopting the
CCSS, they will be setting learning expectations for students that are similar to those set by Singapore in terms of rigor,
coherence and focus.

Read the full document:
Comparing the Common Core State Standards and Singapore’s Mathematics Syllabus

Achieve is comparing the Common Core State Standards to Singapore’s Math Syllabus, not the Primary mathematics curriculum materials.

About Cassy Turner

Passionate about Singapore Math + Teacher Trainer and Coach + Treasure Hunter + Learner. Answer to the ultimate question? 42.


  1. Jenny Radigan says

    Hi Cassy! I notice you made the distinction that Achieve is comparing the CCSS to Singapore’s math syllabus, NOT the Primary math curriculum materials. What does that mean for the average joe? If I were looking for a new curriculum for our school, how would I find out if the curriculum we’re buying (and I’d like it to be Singapore) will align to CCSS? Do you have any suggestions for me?

    Thank you.

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