Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Carnegie Learning Sells $5 Million in Custom Math Curricula in Georgia

BUSINESS WIRE --Sales of Carnegie Learning, Inc.s new Georgia Mathematics 1 and 2 curricula have reached $5 million since publication of the program earlier this year, according to the company. Carnegie Learning, a leading provider of research based math curricula for middle schools, high schools, and the higher education market, reports that over 130 Georgia middle and high schools have adopted the education publishers customized Georgia Mathematics 1 and 2 designed, specifically, to meet new, more rigorous high school math requirements being implemented by the Georgia Department of Education this fall.

The purchasing districts receive Carnegie Learning textbooks and Professional Development services, and some districts have purchased Carnegie Learnings Cognitive Tutor® software for Math Support which is an intelligent software program that provides differentiated instruction by adapting the learning path to each students understanding of mathematical concepts. Among the 55 districts implementing Carnegie Learnings Georgia Mathematics program are Bartow, Clayton, Douglas, Forsyth, and Hall County Schools.

Reports of declining U.S. competitiveness in mathematics and science at the post-secondary level have prompted measures in statehouses across the country to raise standards and achievement in science and math at the high school level, said Trace A. Urdan, Managing Director at Signal Hill. In many cases, this is reinforced by new high school graduation testing requirements. The dramatic curriculum changes in Georgia are one example of this phenomenon, but by no means the only one. Results-oriented curriculum providers that can rapidly and flexibly respond to this evolving dynamic with research-based content should be well-positioned to help educators as they respond to the publics desire to raise the bar for math education.

Carnegie Learnings Cognitive Tutor research is well supported in the Learning Processes subcommittee report of the recent National Math Advisory Panel report to the President and U.S. Secretary of Education, and is cited as an example of a curriculum that has strong evidence of effectiveness and is a model for applying basic research in the classroom. Carnegie Learning is also recognized by the What Works Clearinghouse as showing evidence of effectiveness, and last year the U.S. Department of Education awarded the RAND Corporation a $6 million grant to conduct a five-year study of the effectiveness of Carnegie Learnings Algebra I curricula in seven districts across the country.

"The higher performance standards in Georgia present an exceptional opportunity for our company, said Dennis Ciccone, Chief Executive Officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. In addition to having one of the few legitimately research-based math curricula, we are committed to partnering with administrators and teachers to ensure that they receive the support and Professional Development to be successful for the long-term.

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