PITTSBURGH, PA, May 10, 2007–Carnegie Learning, Inc., a leading publisher of research-based math curricula, reported today that the Houston Independent School District is among the districts participating in a five-year study funded by the U.S. Department of Education and conducted by RAND Corporation that will evaluate the effectiveness of Carnegie Learning´s technology-based Algebra I curriculum.
Forty-five middle schools and high schools with 8400 Algebra students will participate in the study, which will evaluate whether the Cognitive Tutor® curriculum is effective for a wide range of students and environments. In the randomized experiment, half of the schools will use Carnegie Learning Algebra I and the other half will continue to use the schools´ existing Algebra I course for two years.
"Houston provides a very strong research environment because it offers a diverse range of students from at-risk to gifted," said Dr. Steve Ritter, Chief Product Architect for Carnegie Learning, Inc. "The random assignment of schools and the two-year duration of Houston´s participation are critical to the integrity of the data because they account for varying student abilities, temperaments, and social issues, and also allow for the varying degrees of teacher experience and knowledge of mathematics that exist in all districts."
Carnegie Learning´s curricula include classroom instruction and a software program that adapts to individual students´ understanding of algebraic concepts to improve their problem-solving skills. In addition to providing text book and software, Carnegie Learning will conduct initial teacher training and ongoing professional development throughout the five year study. In addition to Houston Independent School District, another five U.S. school districts will participate in the RAND study.
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.