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Chicago Public Schools Expands Carnegie Learning(TM) Implementation

July 30, 2008

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has purchased Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor(R) Bridge to Algebra and Algebra I curricula for eight additional high schools, bringing to 25 the total number of high schools using the company’s research-based math instruction as part of Chicago’s High School Transformation project. CPS also purchased Carnegie Learning’s Geometry and Algebra II curricula for select high schools. These new programs will be in place and 68 teachers will receive Carnegie Learning Professional Development services by the start of the 2008-09 school year.

CPS also purchased Carnegie Learning’s Algebra I curricula for some eighth grade classes in 19 elementary schools across the District.

“Chicago has been an excellent proving ground for Carnegie Learning’s Algebra Readiness solution,” said Dennis Ciccone, Chief Executive Officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. “The District is a model for change and improvement in the education of students in large urban districts, as we are very proud to be expanding our partnership to make a difference in these students’ futures.”

Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school system and includes more than 600 schools serving 435,000 students. Chicago’s High School Transformation project, unveiled in September 2006 by CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan, is supported with $21 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program is designed to strengthen schools with new, rigorous college preparatory curricula in English, math, and science. Initially, Carnegie Learning’s solutions were selected for eight schools, and over the last two years, CPS has consistently expanded the implementation of Carnegie Learning’s blended textbook and software solutions.

Carnegie Learning’s curricula are based on more than two decades of cognitive science research at Carnegie Mellon University studying how students think, learn, and apply new knowledge in mathematics. The instructional format prescribes three days a week of classroom instruction and two days a week in a teacher-supervised software lab environment. Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor(R) software was developed around an artificial intelligence model that identifies weaknesses in each student’s mastery of mathematical concepts, customizes prompts to focus on areas where the student is struggling, and sends the student to new problems addressing those specific concepts. The instructor receives an assessment of each student’s progress on an ongoing basis, allowing students to receive more individualized teaching and learning.

About Carnegie Learning, Inc. (www.carnegielearning.com)

Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of 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 500,000 students in nearly 2600 schools across the United States, helping them to succeed in math as a gateway to graduation and preparation for 21st century skills. Carnegie Learning(TM) Blended Curricula Solutions integrate interactive software, text, and collaborative classroom activities for core, full-year math instruction. Carnegie Learning(TM) Adaptive Math Solutions feature Cognitive Tutor(R) software lessons that may be easily customized for supplemental and Response to Intervention programs. All solutions are supported by Professional Development services that ensure successful implementation and align teaching to learning. In numerous independent studies, Carnegie Learning curricula consistently show a significant effect on student learning resulting in improved academic achievement in mathematics. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Learning was founded by cognitive science researchers and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with veteran mathematics teachers.




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