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Saxon Math




Evidence of Effectiveness:


A substantial amount of data is available on the effectiveness of the Saxon Math program; some examples are as follows:


Dalton, Georgia

Stanford Achievement Test - Grade Equivalents Using Saxon Math:


1st Grade --------- 2nd Grade, 2nd Month

4th Grade --------- 8th Grade, 5th Month

5th Grade --------- 8th Grade, 3rd Month

7th Grade --------- Post High School

8th Grade --------- Post High School


Leetonia, Ohio

9th Grade Proficiency Test Scores - Percent Passed


Before Saxon     46% Passed

1 Year Saxon     64% Passed

2 Years Saxon    72% Passed


Albany, Oregon

A group of students were tracked over a three-year period: one year before Saxon Math was implemented and two years after Saxon Math was implemented.  The following are results:


Grade 3 - 1993 (no Saxon)                      52.3rd percentile

Grade 4 - 1994 (using Saxon Math 54)     67.5th percentile

Grade 5 - 1995 (using Saxon Math 65)     75.0th percentile


Tyrone, Pennsylvania

District-wide: Prior to Saxon Math, concepts and applications was one of the lowest subtest scores on the California Achievement Test (CAT).  Since implementing Saxon Math, there has been an 18+ percentile gain in the concepts and applications subtest and a 10+ percentile gain in the total math score.








Landrum, South Carolina

Basic Skills Assessment Program - Math


1993                      1994

      Before Saxon           Using Saxon

Above Standard (%)                   67.9                        83.1

Below Standard (%)                   32.1                        16.9

Mean                                        731                         792

Median                                      735                         791

Highest Score                            921                      1,012


Program Description:


The Saxon program was developed with the understanding that the most effective way to teach students mathematics is to use gentle repetition extended over a considerable period of time.  The introduction of topics in bits and pieces (increments) permits the assimilation of one facet of a concept before the next facet is introduced.  Both facets are then practiced together until it is time for the third to be introduced.  This incrementalization of topics, coupled with continuous review, provides the time required for the concepts to become totally familiar.  As a result, students develop a deeper understanding of the concepts and can easily apply them.  The Saxon program provides materials for primary, middle, and high school level students. 


·         Primary Math


Saxon=s primary mathematics series is a Ahands-on,@ success-oriented program that emphasizes manipulatives and mental math.  The series addresses the multi sensory approach to teaching.  Its use will enable all children to develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of mathematics. The Saxon K-4 program is designed for heterogeneously grouped children.  A four-year test of the program shows that the series is effective for children of all ability levels.


The teacher=s manual has been written to provide activities and language appropriate for children at each grade level.  It is scripted (like a play), providing questioning strategies that enable children to construct mathematical concepts.  Although it is not necessary to memorize the script, teachers are encouraged to follow the script and the questioning strategies as closely as possible in a way that is comfortable for the teacher. 


The student materials (written practice and homework pages, masters, fact sheets, and fact cards) for the Saxon K-4 program are supplied in 24- or 32-student kits.  Using these classroom kits, you have all of the written material you need for an entire classroom of children. 


·         Middle School/High School Math


Saxon=s Middle School/High School Math program is a system of hard cover textbooks that move students from the primary grades to pre-algebra through advanced mathematics.  The teacher=s edition contains answers but is not otherwise annotated.  A student placement guide is utilized to determine which textbook is most appropriate for students.


Correlation to Nevada State Standards


Currently being completed.

Teacher Support:


·         Teacher Resource Booklets contain teaching suggestions on how to get the most out of the Saxon program.  Available at no charge.


·         Inservices are available, as needed.


·         Inservice Videotapes feature experienced teachers and their classrooms, illustrating how the Saxon program can best be taught.  Available at no charge.


·         Teacher Support is available via telephone - 1-800-284-7019.


Equipment Requirements:






Student materials are organized by lesson and stored in stackable, reusable plastic crates with file folders, lid, and casters. 


·         Primary Math - Student kits contain the teacher=s manual and student material for a classroom of 24 or 32 students.  Cost: 24-Student Kit - $490.00 - $514.00; 32-Student Kit - $600.00 - $631.00.


·         Middle Grades Math - Costs are as follows:                 Basic Fact Cards            $  3.75

Activity Guide                $25.00

Student Edition               $32.50 - $35.00

Teacher Edition              $32.50 - $35.00

Test Masters                  $42.00

Solutions Manual            $22.00


·         Secondary Math - Costs are as follows:                      Student Edition               $37.00 - $47.00

Teacher Edition              $37.00 - $42.00

Test Masters                  $42.00

Solutions Manual            $22.00

Lab Manual                    $21.50


For Information Contact:


Grant Richins

Saxon Publishers, Inc.

2450 John Saxon Blvd.

Norman, Oklahoma 73071

Phone: 1-800-453-6856 or






Current Location in Nevada:


Clark County School District

Cahlan Elementary

2801 Fort Sumter Drive

North Las Vegas, NV 89030

Contact:  Jean Jackson, Principal

Phone:  (702) 799-7103


Wiener Elementary School

450 East Eldorado Lane

Las Vegas, NV 89123

Contact: Margaret Appulglise, Principal

Phone: (702) 799-5760


Elko County School District

Jackpot Combined                                   Southside Elementary

P.O. Box 463                                          501 Lamoille Rd.

Jackpot, NV 89825                                  Elko, NV 89801

Contact:  Brian Messmer                          Contact:  Michael Clemans

Phone:  (775) 755-2374                            Phone:  (775) 738-3731


Lincoln County School District

Meadow Valley Middle School

P.O. Box 567

Panaca, NV 89042

Contact:  Evan Wilson

Phone:  (775) 728-4655


Nye County School District

Beatty High School

P.O. Box 806

Beatty, NV 89003

Contact:  Keith Koerner

Phone:  (775) 553-2595


Washoe County School District

Contact: Linda Himmel

Phone: (775) 850-8028