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Carnegie Learning(TM) Adaptive Math Solutions Answer Call for Algebra Readiness and Intervention Support

July 1, 2008

Carnegie Learning, Inc., a leading publisher of research-based math curricula, reports an increase in the use of its middle and high school math software programs for use in supplemental, intervention applications. In the 2007-2008 academic year, Carnegie Learning saw a 40% increase in sales of the company’s software for use as an intervention solution, as compared with the previous academic year.

Carnegie Learning Adaptive Math Solutions provide interactive instruction to supplement secondary math courses and include Algebra Readiness, Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II.

“Because students develop, learn and master math at varying paces, educators often need to identify supplemental materials to complement core instruction in order to keep students from falling behind or failing a course or exit exam,” said Dennis Ciccone, CEO of Carnegie Learning, Inc. “The increase in the adoption of our Cognitive Tutor(R) software as an algebra readiness and intervention solution reflects trends in math education. For instance, school districts are beginning Algebra instruction in the middle grades in order to prepare students for the increasingly rigorous high school math requirements and they need supplemental help to achieve this. Also, as high schools continue to lose students at alarming rates, they must address the need to provide remediation to students who are already behind when they arrive at ninth grade.”

The EPE Research Center, a division of Editorial Projects in Education and publisher of Education Week magazine, reports that nearly 1.23 million U.S. students in the public high school class of 2008 will fail to graduate with a diploma.

“The students that we are most at risk of losing are not likely to master the skills to pass high school math if taught using the traditional textbook and classroom approach that has already left them behind,” said Debbie Schum, Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Recovery School District, New Orleans.

“Carnegie Learning’s Adaptive Math Solutions meet the requirements of remedial environments because they provide self-paced, individualized learning paths that recognize students’ strengths and weaknesses and focus on the areas in which students need the most help. This is time-efficient, minimizes boredom because students are not reviewing what they already know, and it boosts their confidence, which encourages them to show up for the next class.”

Developed by cognitive scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Learning’s research-based approach employs artificial intelligence to assess student understanding of concepts. The programs have evolved and improved continuously since first offered commercially in 1999. In January 2008, the company unveiled enhanced Cognitive Tutor(R) software for the complete suite of Carnegie Learning solutions including Bridge to Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Integrated Math. The new features for the 2008-2009 academic year are designed to improve the curricula for use in a supplemental environment:

— Flexible sequencing allows administrators to build a custom curriculum. Units can be re-ordered, added and deleted, and new sequences named and published for use in the classroom.

— Interactive Examples deliver on-screen, step-by-step instruction so that students can see and engage in examples.

— Automated Assessment delivers pre- and post-tests that automatically tie to custom-sequenced curricula. The pretest may be configured to be diagnostic, in which case results are used to set pacing for students in the instructional software.

— Enhanced Administrative Reports enable administrators to monitor and analyze progress and efficacy of the program at multiple levels including class, building, and district.

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(R) programs are helping more than 500,000 students in nearly 2600 schools across the United States succeed in math by integrating interactive software sessions, text, and collaborative classroom lessons into a unique learning platform for algebra readiness, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, high-stakes test preparation, and Integrated Math programs. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Learning was founded by cognitive science researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with veteran mathematics teachers.