PITTSBURGH, PA, September 11, 2006 — Carnegie Learning, Inc., the leading publisher of research-based math curricula for middle school and high school students, announced today that Anne Arundel County Public Schools has purchased the company’s research-based Cognitive Tutor® Algebra I software for 4,100 students across the district’s 12 high schools and two alternative schools. The $370,000 implementation will begin this fall.
In the last year, Anne Arundel County Public Schools made a commitment to close the achievement gap between African American students and other students in the school system, and mathematics is a key focus. According to the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress, nationally, only 9% of Black eighth-grade students were judged proficient in math, while 39% of white students were proficient.
“Our goal is to increase the overall mathematics achievement for all student groups while eliminating the gap, and to increase the success of students on the Maryland High School Assessment for Algebra/Data Analysis,” said Joy Donlin, the school system’s Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics. “The adoption of Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor is part of our objective to engage students by making math more accessible, more real-life based, and less likely to be the ultimate stumbling block for struggling students.” Because Carnegie Learning’s pedagogy is research-based, the curricula are increasingly at the forefront of high school transformation initiatives in large urban areas such as Los Angeles Unified School District; Portland, OR; Miami-Dade; Denver; and in the Chicago Public Schools, where the curricula are being piloted with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Carnegie Learning’s programs are based on more than two decades of cognitive science research of how students think, learn, and apply new knowledge in mathematics. The Cognitive Tutor software was developed around an artificial intelligence model that identifies weaknesses in each individual student’s mastery of mathematical concepts, customizes prompts to focus on areas where the student is struggling, and sends the student to new problems addressing those specific concepts. A Teacher’s Toolkit provides the instructor with a report on each student’s progress on an ongoing basis.
About Carnegie Learning (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning is a leading publisher of core, full-year mathematics programs as well as supplemental intervention applications for middle school and high school students. The company’s Cognitive Tutor® is helping more than 375,000 students in over 1000 school districts across the United States succeed in math by integrating interactive software sessions, text, and student-centered classroom lessons into a unique learning platform for algebra readiness, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Integrated Math programs. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor Algebra I program as one of only two math curricula scientifically proven to have significant, positive effects on student learning. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Learning was founded by cognitive science researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with veteran mathematics teachers.