Carnegie Learning Wins $2.4 Million Texas Education Agency Bid - Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Carnegie Learning Wins $2.4 Million Texas Education Agency Bid

Carnegie Learning, Inc. announced today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has awarded the company a $2.4 million contract to provide supplemental math instruction to more than 3,000 middle school students in the state. The two-year program launches in fall 2010 and includes an extensive professional development component to provide 170 hours of training per teacher per year in math content and instructional methods.

The TEA is the state organization that provides leadership and resources to nearly 1,200 Texas school districts and charter schools to support 4.7 million students in pre-kindergarten through high school.

The goal of the new Technology-Based Supplementary Math Instruction program is to prepare students in grades 5 through 8, who are identified as unlikely to meet end-of-course standards in Algebra I, to pass and move successfully to high school.

"Our partnership with TEA will provide an individualized learning path for each student and strengthen teacher capacity to help diverse groups of learners pass algebra," said Dennis Ciccone, chief executive officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. "By giving middle school students improved math skills, better conceptual understanding, and greater confidence in their math abilities, we expect to see an increase in the numbers of students in these districts who advance to high school and graduation."

Students will use the company's Cognitive Tutor(r) Bridge to Algebra and Algebra I software evolved from more than two decades of cognitive science research at Carnegie Mellon University. The programs provide rigorous instructional resources, 24/7 online student support, ongoing formative assessments, and professional development programs for teachers and administrators.

The U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse identifies Carnegie Learning(r) Algebra I as one of very few curricula with studies that show substantial, positive effects on learning and student attitudes in a strong experimental design. Carnegie Learning(r) Math Curricula are reviewed extensively by third-party researchers, and the resulting data indicate that students who complete Carnegie Learning courses test 85% better in math problem-solving skills and are 70% more prepared for advanced math courses.

News Story Courtesy Carnegie Learning
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