Rare Government Study Concludes Curriculum Doubles Student Algebra Gains
Large-Scale, Random Controlled Field Survey by the RAND Corporation Finds
Students Improved by an Average of Eight Percentile Points in Algebra
WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Recently completed
research funded by the U.S. Department of Education and independently
conducted by the RAND Corporation revealed a statistically significant impact
of eight percentile points for students who used Carnegie Learning's Cognitive
Tutor® Algebra I. (View the multimedia news release here).
"We are thrilled by the outcome," said Steve Ritter, Ph.D. and Chief Scientist
of Carnegie Learning. "RAND's independent research confirms that our blended
learning approach to Algebra is producing tremendous academic improvements
among middle and high school students."
The results are significant because of a combination of both the size of the
research and the substantial change in student outcomes. Over 17,000 students
participated in 147 schools across seven states (Alabama, Connecticut,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas) for two years at a cost
of $6 million. This is one of the largest studies conducted by the Department
of Education in the last nine years.
"A random-controlled trial in American schools that is this broad and deep is
rare," said John Pane, Ph.D., RAND Senior Scientist and author of the working
paper, which has been conditionally accepted for publication in an academic
journal. "The realistic implementation, along with a very diverse sample of
schools and students in the study, is important because other schools that
decide to adopt the curriculum on their own might expect to see similar
results. The student gains are meaningful and deserve consideration by
educators working to improve our students' math outcomes."
Further, the working paper is significant because – despite the size and
diversity of the research – students realized significant gains in comparison
with their peers in the control group. Research participants improved eight
percentile points, which is "about the same as doubling math learning in a
year for a high school student," said Dr. Ritter.
Finally, the research comes at a time when policymakers and school
administrators are looking for solutions in algebra instruction. Only 35
percent of American 8th grade students are proficient in math with average
scores among their international peers, trailing countries like Korea, Russia,
and Finland. Compounding the problem, the 45 states implementing the Common
Core Standards have been urged to introduce algebraic thinking before the
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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.
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