Saxon Math is the nation's best selling and most thoroughly researched skills-based mathematics program for grades K-12. Saxon's unique pedagogical approach, based on instruction, practice and assessment distributed across the grade level, incorporates 25 years of research and classroom experience. This same successful, classroom-tested approach is also applied to the popular Saxon Phonics and Spelling K-3, Phonics Intervention for older, struggling readers and Saxon Early Learning programs.
Founded in 1981, Saxon publishes the nation's best-selling and most thoroughly researched skills-based mathematics program for grades K–12 as well as classroom-tested phonics and spelling programs. Saxon joined Harcourt in 2004.
'Saxon Works!' is a phrase that is heard consistently in Saxon classrooms across the country. Saxon products and programs have a proven record of success in every type of setting - urban, suburban, rural, public, private, charter and parochial. The success of Saxon programs can be attributed to the program's unique, effective and research-based pedagogy, which helps students develop a deeper understanding of concepts and how to apply them. Saxon's innovative instructional approach breaks complex concepts into related increments, recognizing that smaller pieces of information are easier to teach and easier to learn. The instruction, practice and assessment of those increments are systematically distributed across a grade level. This distributed approach ensures that students gain and retain critical thinking skills.
The more stringent accountability created by the No Child Left Behind act has prompted teachers and administrators to look for programs and products that have a history of documented results.
While research may be the new educational initiative, it is not new to Saxon. Our consistent instructional approach, proven effective since its inception, is supported by scientifically based research. Research documents are available for all Saxon programs. To request complimentary copies of these documents, please contact your Saxon representative or call Customer Service at (800) 284-7019.
Test scores and success stories gathered from Saxon schools around the country are reported annually in the Saxon Report Card. It sets the standard for recognizing schools for their outstanding academic achievement with Saxon's research-based programs. These schools represent Saxon's rapidly expanding base of users who are dedicated to seeing its use in classrooms grow. Their zeal for Saxon is more than an affinity for a product. Saxon supporters are a family - a community that has seen the tremendous advantages of the Saxon learning approach. Ask one and they'll tell you . Saxon Works!
The founder, John Saxon, was teaching algebra at a junior college in Oklahoma when he discovered that his students were neither comprehending nor retaining the algebra they were being taught. What started as writing out some problems for his class became a highly successful algebra program. In 1979, Saxon Algebra was published in two texts for the junior college level. He continued to write and adapt his work into a text for high school algebra students and enlisted several high school teachers to try his manuscript with their students. They too were successful using the program.
In October 1980 his Algebra 1 book for high school became a reality. In 1981, Saxon recruited twenty teachers to try his method of teaching. Approximately 1400 students were involved in the test. At the end of the school term, Saxon students were able to solve 2.6 problems for every one problem solved by students in regular classes.
By 1986, when the company changed its name to Saxon Publishers, Inc., four books were available: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Algebra 1/2, and Advanced Mathematics. By 1993 the company had published thirteen books and programs for students in kindergarten through high school, including a calculus and physics text. In 1996 Phonics K-2 was introduced to schools throughout the country; followed in 1999 by Phonics Intervention, a program designed especially for older non-readers.
The Saxon approach to marketing is quite unique in the industry. The sales force is made up of former teachers, most of whom have taught Saxon programs in their classrooms before joining the company as sales representatives. School districts in all fifty states, and also several foreign countries, use Saxon texts.
Today Saxon Publishers is an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Specialized Curriculum. The company is also the publisher of the Great Source, Rigby and Steck-Vaughn product lines and provides customer-driven educational materials that fundamentally and positively change the lives of young, adolescent, and adult learners and empowers those who teach them.