PITTSBURGH, PA, May 1, 2007 — Carnegie Learning, Inc., a leading publisher of research-based math curricula for middle school, high school, and postsecondary students, announced today that former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will join Carnegie Learning?s Board of Directors.
As Governor of Iowa, Vilsack focused predominantly on issues relevant to children and families. He improved Iowa schools, expanded health care coverage to 90,000 uninsured children, established Iowa as a national leader in renewable energy, and provided targeted tax relief to working families. Vilsack, a native of Pittsburgh, announced a bid for the Presidency in early December and withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination in mid-February. Currently, Vilsack is a lawyer with Dorsey & Whitney, an international firm with offices in Des Moines. In addition, he teaches at Drake University Law School and is a consultant for MidAmerican Energy on renewable fuels programs.
"Governor Vilsack was a vocal proponent of education reform long before the issue grew to a national concern," said Mark Kamlet, Provost of Carnegie Mellon University and Chairman of the Board of Carnegie Learning, Inc. "He understands the issues and what?s at stake for our children, our families, and our economy."
"Governor Vilsack has been committed to addressing hard issues like drop out rates," said Dennis Ciccone, CEO of Carnegie Learning, Inc. "We share his goal to improve graduation rates and we respect his good work in Iowa where he created tangible policies and practices that resulted in change. His insight and experience will be very valuable to us."
During Vilsack?s two terms as Governor, more Iowans finished high school and Iowa students ranked second in the country in average SAT scores and third in ACT scores. The state now has the fourth lowest high school dropout rate in the nation, and ranks seventh nationally in the percentage of adults over 25 who have a high school diploma.
"Excellence in educational is the single most important factor in building and sustaining a competitive economy and improving the futures of young people, and Carnegie Learning is helping to advance this mission," said Vilsack. "Learning and mastering math presents one of the greatest education challenges for middle and high school students, and Carnegie Learning is taking an effective approach to removing this significant obstacle to graduation. I look forward to being part of that solution."
About Carnegie Learning, Inc. (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of core, full-year mathematics solutions 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.