Pittsburgh, PA, September 25, 2006 — Carnegie Learning, Inc., the leading publisher of research-based math curricula for middle school and high school students, announced today that Hamilton County School District in Tennessee has purchased additional licenses of the company’s research-based Cognitive Tutor® Bridge to Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II curricula. This purchase doubles the number of students in the county using the program to nearly 10,000. The new implementations began last month.
“We have seen significant changes in attitudes and performance among most of our students including the most challenged students in the district,” said Christy Evans, Secondary Math Coordinator for Hamilton County. “Our goal is to expand the reach of the curricula to a larger number of students. Ultimately, we anticipate seeing continuous improvement in our math scores and, ideally, higher graduation rates over the long-term.”
Two Hamilton County middle schools made the Carnegie Learning Bridge to Algebra purchase with funds from the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program. This federal initiative is a discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services to underserved middle and high schools.
Carnegie Learning’s curricula are based on more than two decades of cognitive science research at Carnegie Mellon University studying how students think, learn, and apply new knowledge in mathematics. The full-curriculum instructional format prescribes three days a week of classroom instruction and two days a week in a teacher-supervised software lab environment. 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.