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PLATO Learning and Straight Curve Math Series [Instructional software]. PLATO Learning, Inc., 10801 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55437. Accessed Sept. 28, 2011. Email:

Correlations: PLATO Learning: over 250 local, state and national standards; Straight Curve aligns with NCTM K-6 Focal Points

Tel: 800-447-5286

Grades: K-12+

Description: From the PLATO Learning Web site:

PLATO courseware integrates the latest technology and brain-based research. PLATO courseware modules contain tutorials, drills, applications, problem solving activities, reviews, practice, and mastery tests.

Products for K-6 elementary math include Straight Curve (Series 1 and 2) and PLATO Achieve Now and Math Expeditions.  Straight Curve offers game-style practice, individual assessments, compatibility with interactive whiteboards and can be used with whole class direct instruction (e.g., manipulatives are included) or small group instruction.  It supplements classroom instruction on the most difficult topics to teach in each major math strand.

PLATO Learning's secondary math collection is comprehensive with Foundational Mathematics, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry 1 and 2, Math Problem Solving, and Math Expeditions.  Applied Math contains content typically taught in grades 6-9 and can be used with middle school, high school, and adult learners.

Academic Systems® Algebra provides full-course instruction that actively engages college students in learning and applying mathematics. It provides comprehensive, self-paced instruction in prealgebra, elementary algebra, and intermediate algebra aimed at helping students entering college under-prepared for college-level math courses.


PracticePlanet [Test prep software]. (2007).  Orchard Learning, 5600 W 83rd Street, Suite 300, 8200 Tower, Bloomington, MN 55437. Accessed Jan. 2, 2013.

Correlations: state standards

Tel:  Sales: 800-351-1404

Grades: K-12

Description: PracticePlanet is an online high-stakes test preparation program for K-12 students.  Test and practice items are aligned with the testing standards for the grade levels assessed in each state and mimic the items found on actual state tests.  Pretests identify areas of strength and weakness; students practice the assigned concepts, posttests show his or her level of growth. The reporting feature gives real time student data to pinpoint areas needing additional work.  Games are included for motivation and are used for rewards for completing practice modules.


Pre-Algebra Pathways [Online software]. (2008). Let's Go Learn, 705 Wellesley Ave., Kensington, CA 94708. Accessed Jan. 2, 2013.  Email:

Correlations: NCTM and state standards

Tel: 888-618-7323

Grades: middle and high school

Description: From Let's Go Learn website:

"Pre-Algebra Pathways brings together comprehensive adaptive pre-algebra skills assessment with differentiated instruction, all administered in an interactive, online learning environment. Let's Go Learn's Diagnostic Online Math Assessment (DOMA) Pre-Algebra first performs a detailed assessment of each student's pre-algebra abilities across 14 different mathematical constructs aligned with NCTM and state standards. After the initial assessment, the program transitions the student into interactive tutorials and activities that improve math skills identified by teachers as essential for success in Algebra I."

Let's Go Learn also produces a series of diagnostic online math assessments for basic skills, pre-algebra, and algebra 1.  Their product Unique Math offers a similar format as Pre-Algebra Pathways, but offers assessment with differentiated instruction in basic math skills suitable for grades K-5.


Prentice Hall Mathematics Textbook Resources [Online]. (2008). Pearson Prentice Hall.  Pearson’s Customer Service Center, P.O. Box 2500, Lebanon, IN 46052-3009. Accessed Apr. 7, 2013.

Tel: 800-848-9500.

Grades: 6-12

Description: Prentice Hall is part of the Curriculum Group of Pearson Education.  You'll find chapter-by-chapter support for many of the Pearson Prentice Hall titles, including Self-Tests, Internet Activities, Reference and Teaching Links, and much more.

For example, you'll find Mathematics for Middle School, Courses 1, 2, and 3.  See Connected Math 2 for grades 6-8, which was developed with National Science Foundation funds and provides an investigative approach to learning math.  Their Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 with Trig, and Geometry texts include online support.  Precalculus and calculus are available.


Prime Time Math [Computer software]. (1998). Sheppard Software, Suite 623, Pavilion, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Accessed Jan. 2, 2013. Email:

Developer: Brad Sheppard, President of Sheppard Software

Grades: 7-12


Prime Time Math ( is a multimedia educational game that will help students in grades 7-12 improve their word problem solving skills and boost their SAT scores. Problems in the game cover prime numbers, factoring, squares, cubes, remainders, fractions, percentages, algebra and logic. Prime Time Math features over 1000 problems in nine skill levels with three options of play that include the ten problem game, time trial and two-player combat. The problems in the game are descriptions of the numbers 1 - 99. From these descriptions, the player must identify the correct number. Hints and help files are provided. Students can toggle sound on or off and view information on scoring, benchmark numbers, tips and strategies and more.

Note: This program can be downloaded from the website, along with others made available to teachers, schools, and homeschools:  Other math products include Algebra: One on One, Brain Builder: Math Edition, Math Function Mania, and License Plate Math.

You will also find numerous free online games and activities for math: K-12 early math, basic operations, mixed operations, fractions, pre-algebra, dollars and cents, and place value.


Pro-Core (formerly Pro-Ohio) [Test prep software]. Computers in Education, Ben Hemingway, 3435 Observatory Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208. Accessed July 22, 2013.  Email:

Correlations: Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Ohio state standards

Tel: 513‑827‑0363

Grades: 2-12

Description: From the Pro-Core website:

PRO-Core is fully aligned to the CCSS in reading/English language arts and mathematics (2-10).

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Quarter Mile Math [Computer software]. (2005).  Barnum Software, 1910 Lyon Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002. Accessed Jan. 2, 2013.  Email:

Correlations: NCTM standards and standards in all 50 states.

Tel: 800-553-9155

Grades: 3-9

Description: From the website:

The award-winning Quarter Mile Math programs include three levels of K-9 content and problems selected at random: K-3 (174 topics and 22, 000 problems), 4-6 (214 topics and 33,000 problems), and 6-9 (with pre-algebra and 29,000 problems).  Programs can be used by the broadest range of students: on grade level, gifted, review/remediation (including for high school and adults), Title 1, special education/special needs, and at risk students.

Problems appear one at a time.  The goal is to answer quickly.  Each time the student enters the answer correctly, his/her dragster or riderless horse will go faster.  Students race against their five previous best races which are replayed on screen (six lanes with six dragsters (or six riderless horses) in all.)  Their score is the "elapsed time" for the race, based on how quickly  they answer the problems AND how many they answer.

Topic areas include keyboarding, learning the alphabet, number, whole numbers, rounding, fractions, decimals, percents, estimation, integers, equations, and math strategies.  Design integrates all major learning modalities-visual, auditory, and tactile-simultaneously in a meaningful, educational way.  The program detects even the smallest improvements that wouldn't be detectable in any other software format. Student improvement is rewarded with a better score.

According to the Texas educator who recommended this product, "Students especially like the ability to choose between competing against themselves, or change to multiple players" (Email communication, February 5, 2004).


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