In 2012, Carnegie Learning curricula were adopted for long-term implementation in six states after completing instructional materials evaluation and review driven by the new Common Core State Standards. Carnegie Learning's research-based textbooks and adaptive learning software were evaluated and approved for use in:
Three states -- Arkansas, Georgia, and New Mexico -- adopted Carnegie Learning curricula for implementation from 2013 through 2018. Oregon, South Carolina and Utah conducted interim, or bridge, evaluations to address the transition to Common Core standards that will occur prior to the next scheduled state textbook adoption cycles. In addition to the above mentioned new state adoptions, Carnegie Learning curricula are also currently adopted in Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Twenty U.S. states conduct curricula evaluations led by their departments of education. Once those materials are approved, they may be purchased by school districts using state education funds. Thirty open-territory states purchase materials at the local school district or individual building levels, independent of a centralized state-level evaluation.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative seeks to bring diverse state curricula requirements into alignment in order to establish a consistent expectation for student performance across all 50 states. Currently, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core's more rigorous academic standards, graduation requirements, skills assessments, and accountability measurements with the goal to prepare all students for college and/or 21st century careers.
Carnegie Learning Common Core adopted materials includes the Carnegie Learning Middle School Math Series for grades six through eight, Algebra I: A Common Core Program, and Integrated Math I: A Common Core Program. These unique blended textbook and software solutions deliver highly personalized instruction for students of varied skill levels and are written specifically for the Common Core requirements and Standards for Mathematical Practice, which are the foundation of Carnegie Learning pedagogy. The programs also support instructors in the transition to the Common Core with Professional Development that prepares for classroom instruction to deepen student content knowledge, promote problem-solving, and encourage students to reflect on their thinking and consolidate new mathematical ideas.
Carnegie Learning Geometry, Algebra II and Integrated Math I and II programs are currently aligned to individual state standards, and Common Core editions will be available beginning in June 2013. In anticipation of the 2014-2015 release of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced assessments aligned to the Common Core, Carnegie Learning is also aligning all instructional materials to reflect the new summative, data-driven and computer adaptive formats for measuring student performance.
About Carnegie Learning, Inc. (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning is a publisher of innovative, research-based mathematics software and textbooks for middle school and high school students aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Providing differentiated instruction in schools across the United States, Carnegie Learning is helping students to succeed in math as a gateway to graduation, college, and the 21st century workforce. Carnegie Learning, located in Pittsburgh, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL) and is the sole source provider of Cognitive Tutor® and MATHia® software for students in grades 6-12.
About Apollo Group, Inc. (www.apollo.edu)
Apollo Group is one of the world's largest private education providers and has been in the education business for approximately 40 years. The Company offers innovative and distinctive educational programs and services both online and on-campus at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels through its subsidiaries: University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Institute for Professional Development and College for Financial Planning. The Company offers programs and services throughout the United States and in Latin America and Europe, as well as online throughout the world. For more information about Apollo Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the Company's website.