Ninth Graders Prepare for Success in High School Math

PITTSBURGH, PA, July 22, 2009 – Carnegie Learning, Inc., publisher of innovative, research-based math solutions for middle school, high school, and post-secondary students, reports that Hazelwood School District, near St. Louis, Missouri, has purchased Carnegie Learning® Bridge to Algebra textbooks and software for 900 ninth grade students in the District’s three high schools. Hazelwood School District purchased the curricula for use through 2014.

Across the country, high school math standards are increasing in rigor as they align with the expectations of college and the workplace. Carnegie Learning® Bridge to Algebra is designed to prepare high school students who lack the prerequisites necessary for Algebra I, and can also be implemented with advanced middle school students.

“Our goal is to graduate each of our students prepared to compete professionally or in continuing education,” said Cathy French, Math Coordinator for Hazelwood School District. “We evaluated several math programs and found that Carnegie Learning provided the engaging, real-world application of concepts that we believe will motivate our students to get excited about math and be successful in higher-level math courses required for graduation.”

The blended Carnegie Learning® Textbook and Cognitive Tutor® Software solution will help to prepare students for success in Algebra I. Based upon an artificial intelligence model, the Cognitive Tutor® Software incorporates ongoing formative and summative assessments that individualize and differentiate instruction based upon students’ prior knowledge and needs. Carnegie Learning® Textbooks engage students in solving problems that encourage collaboration that strengthens both declarative and procedural knowledge of mathematics.

Carnegie Learning curricula and research have received international recognition from several industry organizations this year. In early July, cognitive scientists and research assistants received “Best Paper” at EDM ’09, the Second International Conference on Education Data Mining in Cordoba, Spain for “Reducing the Knowledge Tracing Space”, which demonstrates one way to more efficiently model student learning of cognitive skills. In May 2009, Carnegie Learning® Adaptive Math Software won a CODiE Award from the Software & Information Industry Association as Best Mathematics Instructional Solution. This is the third CODiE Award received in the last four years. Also in May 2009 Carnegie Learning, Inc. received a Best in Tech Award for the 2008–2009 school year from Scholastic Administrator Magazine. This competitive national award recognizes Carnegie Learning® Math programs as leading Supplemental Math Solutions.

About Carnegie Learning (
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of innovative, research-based math solutions for middle school, high school, and post-secondary students. Our curricula – Bridge to Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Integrated Math programs – provide differentiated instruction to more than 500,000 students in nearly 2600 schools in the U.S., helping them to succeed in math as a gateway to graduation and preparation for the 21st century workforce. Carnegie Learning® Blended Math Solutions integrate interactive software, text, and collaborative classroom activity for core, full-year math instruction. Carnegie Learning® Adaptive Math Solutions feature Cognitive Tutor® Software that may be customized for Response to Intervention programs. All solutions are supported by Carnegie Learning® Professional Development Services. In independent studies, Carnegie Learning® curricula consistently show significant effects on student learning resulting in improved math achievement. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Learning was founded by cognitive and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with veteran mathematics teachers.

Mary Murrin
Carnegie Learning, Inc.
412-690-2442, ext. 176

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