PITTSBURGH, PA, November 1, 2006–Carnegie Learning, Inc., the leading publisher of research-based math curricula for middle school and high school students, today announced that the Kentucky Department of Education is implementing the company’s Bridge to Algebra and Algebra I program as part of a $1.2 million pilot program directed at improving middle school math performance. The pilot program will test two programs in six districts around the Commonwealth. Clark, Madison, and Shelby County School Districts will implement Carnegie Learning’s curricula at a purchase price is $416,000.
“Math performance is a high priority for Kentucky and is driven by our goal of graduating students who can compete in a global economy by qualifying for well-paying, challenging jobs,” said Tommy Floyd, Assistant Superintendent of Madison County School District, and former Highly Skilled Educator for the Kentucky Department of Education. “We are confident that scientifically based programs like Carnegie Learning that focus on the understanding of concepts and skills, not simply memorization, will motivate our students and teachers and increase their chances for success.”
The program was made possible because of appropriations in the state budget for middle school math during the 2006 session of the General Assembly. Integral to the pilot is an evaluation at each district by the Kentucky Center for Mathematics.
Because Carnegie Learning’s pedagogy is scientifically 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; Denver; and in the Chicago Public Schools, where the curricula are being piloted with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Carnegie Learning program includes software, textbooks, technical support, and ongoing Professional Development.
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.