NEW ORLEANS, LA, February 28, 2007 — Carnegie Learning, Inc., a leading publisher of math curricula for middle school, high school, and postsecondary students, today announced a new research-based course developed specifically to improve student performance on state exit exams. The announcement was made in conjunction with the 2007 National Conference on Education in New Orleans, hosted by the American Association of School Administrators.
Carnegie Learning Math Prep incorporates content from multiple math curricula including Algebra and Geometry, and adapts to diverse implementations from a full-year course to supplemental intervention programs. Carnegie Learning Math Prep National Edition and customized state editions for California, Florida, and Texas are available immediately. State editions include content correlated to the state´s exit exam, while Math Prep National Edition is the universal version of the course designed for students in states for which there is not yet a state-specific edition. The National Edition is based on NCTM standards.
Carnegie Learning will release additional Math Prep courses correlated to state-specific exams throughout the next several years, including a solution for the State of Washington later in Spring 2007.
Math Prep, the newest in Carnegie Learning´s suite of Cognitive Tutor® software solutions, was developed to address the American workforce´s demand for a greater number of high school graduates with solid mathematics skills. Last week, the National Assessment Governing Board reported that nearly 40 percent of high school seniors scored below the basic level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress math test.
"Nearly half the states require that high school students pass exit exams to earn a diploma, yet there is a lack of reliable tools to help students who are at the greatest risk of failing," said Dennis Ciccone, Chief Executive Officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. "Educators across the country have the daunting responsibility of turning around a critical mass of students who are unlikely to pass their exit exams, and re-teaching two or three years of math is impractical, if not impossible. Our Math Prep software solution assesses each student´s weakest areas and focuses the learning where it´s needed most, which we believe will ultimately increase concept retention and accelerate progress."
Carnegie Learning´s Math Prep solution, like the company´s algebra readiness, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II curricula, is based on cognitive science research at Carnegie Mellon University studying how students think, learn, and apply new knowledge in mathematics. The Cognitive Tutor software utilizes an artificial intelligence model to identify weaknesses in each student´s mastery of mathematical concepts and then provides a personalized, differentiated learning path that meets each student´s unique needs.
"Exit exam preparation is fairly uncharted territory and educators often toggle together solutions that combine existing materials with those they create themselves," said Susan Keipper Meell of consulting firm MMS Education. "It is very difficult to encourage students who are already struggling to attend after school courses or to sit through an overwhelming amount of curricula. With Math Prep, Carnegie Learning has developed a model that allows for an in-school, full-year or supplemental class customized to each student´s remedial needs. The approach is focused, efficient, and flexible."
Carnegie Learning´s Math Prep includes a diagnostic software pre-test, 130 hours of math intervention software, a printed Teacher´s Guide, hands-on Professional Development, a software post-test , and printed practice tests modeled upon the format of the state exam. State-specific courses also include reports of student progress against state standards. Carnegie Learning software runs on both Windows® (2000, XP) and Macintosh® (OSX 10.3 or higher) operating systems.
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, high school, and postsecondary 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.