Is education software failing our schools?

The Web site of Carnegie Learning, a company started by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University that sells classroom software, trumpets this promise: “Revolutionary Math Curricula. Revolutionary Results,” reports the New York Times. The pitch has sounded seductive to thousands of schools across the country for more than a decade. But a review by the United States Department of Education last year would suggest a much less alluring come-on: Undistinguished math curricula. Unproven results. The federal review of Carnegie Learning’s flagship software, Cognitive Tutor, said the program had “no discernible effects” on the standardized test scores of high school students…

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Apollo Group to acquire Carnegie Learning for $75M

Carnegie Learning will operate as a subsidiary of Apollo Group, whose holdings include the online University of Phoenix.

Apollo Group Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit college chain and owner of the online University of Phoenix, said Aug. 2 that it has agreed to acquire Carnegie Learning Inc., a publisher of research-based math curricula, for $75 million.

In a separate transaction, Apollo said it will acquire related technology from Carnegie Mellon University for $21.5 million, payable over a 10-year period.

The acquisitions allow Apollo to accelerate its efforts to incorporate adaptive learning into its academic platform and to provide tools to help raise student achievement in mathematics, which supports improved retention and graduation rates, the company said.…Read More