Carnegie Learning(TM) Blended Math Solutions Contribute to Improved FCAT Math Scores in South Florida Charter High Schools | Business Wire

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Carnegie Learning, Inc., publisher of research-based math curricula for

middle schools, high schools. The higher education market, today

released a

research report indicating that Florida Comprehensive Assessment

Test (FCAT) results in four Miami-Dade County charter high schools using

Carnegie Learning Blended Math Solutions were 14-18% higher than the

Miami-Dade County averages over three consecutive years. The four

schools implemented the Carnegie Learning programs as their sole math

curriculum, continuously, beginning in the 2005-2006 school year.

completed the third year of implementation in the 2007-2008 academic


Specifically, the number of students Making Math Gains in these charter

high schools exceeded the Miami-Dade County averages from 2005 through

2008. The Making Math Gains classification is a component of the FCAT,

and the primary measure of student achievement of the Sunshine State


“The Carnegie Learning Cognitive Tutor

solution is the best mathematics program that we've seen,”

said Francisco Jimenez, Principal of Doral Academy Charter High School,

in Miami-Dade County. “One of the most

important problems that the curriculum addresses is the motivation of

both teachers and students. The students enjoy the computer time and

they're viewing math through a different instructional strategy, which

broadens their ability to read math problems and convert them to

mathematical equations.”

“Our analyses indicate that students in

schools using Carnegie Learning Math Solutions score higher on the math

portion of the FCAT than do students in schools in Miami-Dade County

with comparable Free and Reduced Lunch and minority demographics,”

said Dr. Steve Ritter, Chief Scientist for Carnegie Learning, Inc. “We

are encouraged to see, as well, that implementations improve over time,

with an increasing percentage of students using Carnegie Learning

curricula excelling in math in each successive year.”

Carnegie Learning Blended Math Solutions combine textbooks, software,

and collaborative classrooms to present real-world problems that

emphasize connections between verbal, numeric, graphic and algebraic

representations. The Cognitive Tutor®

software component, which typically represents 40% of the instructional

time, allows students to work at their own pace. Built on cognitive

models, the software continuously assesses the mathematical

knowledge of students on a step-by-step basis. Presents curricula

tailored to their individual skill levels.

“We're proud of our partnership with charter

schools in South Florida,” said Dennis

Ciccone, Chief Executive Officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. “The

teachers and administrators in these programs recognize that their

students are capable of grasping abstract mathematical concepts when

immersed, engaged. Motivated. We're pleased that they're

working with Carnegie Learning to provide the tools to help make this


Data on FCAT performance were analyzed from the Florida Department of

Education website at

About Carnegie Learning, Inc. (

Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of research-based math

solutions for middle school, high school. Post-secondary students.

Our curricula – Bridge to Algebra, Algebra I,

Geometry, Algebra II. 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™ Blended Curricula Solutions

integrate interactive software, text. Collaborative classroom

activities for core, full-year math instruction. Carnegie Learning™

Adaptive Math Solutions feature Cognitive Tutor®

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.