PITTSBURGH, PA, February 13, 2007 — Carnegie Learning, Inc., a leading publisher of research-based math curricula for middle school and high school students, announced today that the company will expand its award-winning math curricula to serve students in community, junior, and four-year colleges nationwide.
Michael Johnson, former President of Thomson Corporation´s (NYSE: TOC) Science and Mathematics Division, will join Carnegie Learning to lead development and sales of math curricula for the post-secondary market.
"Expansion to the higher education market is a natural progression for Carnegie Learning," said Dennis Ciccone, Chief Executive Officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. "We have a unique suite of math solutions that demonstrate remarkable results at the middle school and high school levels, and we believe that the post-secondary demand for smart math tools presents a significant growth opportunity for Carnegie Learning."
According to an August 2006 report by the Alliance for Excellent Education, the U.S. is spending over $1.4 billion per year to provide community college remediation education for recent high school graduates who did not acquire the basic skills to succeed in college or at work.
"Carnegie Learning´s programs are ideal for higher education math students because they allow for an individualized approach to learning," said Michael Johnson. "The artificial intelligence model behind the software identifies weakness in each student´s mastery of math and provides immediate feedback. This customized approach to learning will allow college students to master the math more quickly and move into higher level courses in an accelerated time period. I believe this advantage places Carnegie Learning in a very strong position in the higher education math market."
Carnegie Learning´s math programs are based on cognitive science research at Carnegie Mellon University studying how students think, learn, and apply new knowledge in mathematics. The company´s algebra readiness, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II curricula are implemented in over 1300 school districts across the country. Because of the research-based pedagogy, Carnegie Learning curricula are increasingly at the forefront of high school transformation initiatives in large urban areas such as Los Angeles Unified School District; Miami-Dade, and in the Chicago Public Schools, where the curricula are being piloted with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Carnegie Learning´s Cognitive Tutor Algebra I curriculum is one of the only math curricula recognized by the U.S. Department of Education´s What Works Clearinghouse as having strong scientific evidence of effectiveness. The Algebra I program is also a past winner of the Software & Information Industry Association´s CODiE Award for the Best Secondary Education Instructional Solution in Mathematics, and two of the company´s curricula are nominees for this year´s 2007 CODiE Awards. For the past two years, Carnegie Learning curricula have been recognized by the eSchool News Readers´ Choice Award as leading mathematics software solutions.
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About Carnegie Learning, Inc. (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning, Inc. 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 programs are helping more than 475,000 students in over 1300 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, high-stakes test preparation, 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.