Carnegie Learning

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Carnegie Learning, Inc.
Type Wholly Owned Subsidiary
Industry Software and Publishing
Founded 1998
Headquarters Frick Building
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Key people

Dennis Ciccone, CEO
William S. Hadley, Co-Founder
Dr. Steven Ritter, Co-Founder
John R. Anderson, Co-Founder

Kenneth Koedinger, Co-Founder
Products math curricula, software, textbooks
Parent Apollo Group

Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading provider of math curricula for grades 6-12 written and designed to align to a Common Core or Integrated pathway. Carnegie Learning's solutions include math textbooks with student-centered, collaborative classroom activities along with innovative, adaptive software and teacher professional development.

Founded by cognitive and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with practicing mathematics teachers, Carnegie Learning provides innovative, research-based math curricula for middle school and high school students that is consistent with the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Providing differentiated instruction to schools across the United States, Carnegie Learning is helping prepare students for 21st-century learning.

MATHia® and Cognitive Tutor® Software[edit]

MATHia Software, for students grades 6-8, is a digital experience that individualizes instruction and motivates students with a personalized, prescriptive pathway to math success. In addition to the learning tasks, MATHia Software includes engagement features such as interest areas, characters, and personalization options help hold students’ interest and motivation aspects like badges, message of the day and dynamic map keep them coming back for more[citation needed]. Fluency Challenges build number sense and reduce working memory load to allow students to more easily learn advanced topics[citation needed].

Cognitive Tutor Software, for students grades 9-12, is a digital experience that individualizes instruction and motivates students with a personalized, prescriptive pathway to math success[citation needed]. Carnegie Learning's unique solution provides students with highly individualized and self-paced instruction that adapts to their exact needs to improve their secondary math skills[citation needed]. Our instruction strengthens student conceptual understanding by integrating adaptive learning technologies, rich problem solving activities, and assessment[citation needed].


Carnegie Learning® textbooks contain meaningful math content to support a collaborative, student-centered classroom[citation needed]. Write-in textbooks help students make connections among different mathematical concepts, understand relationships, and have a personalized learning experience[citation needed]. Students build on prior knowledge, and obtain new knowledge by solving real-world problems that relate to their interests[citation needed]. Required to both construct and interpret mathematical models and explain their reasoning, students build a solid foundation for success in college or their careers[citation needed].

Professional Learning[edit]

Carnegie Learning's on-site, job-embedded, and online solutions support teachers, and can be coupled with both our textbooks and MATHia® and Cognitive Tutor Software implementations. Carnegie Learning's professional learning is aligned to the CCSS and their approach is consistent with the Standards for Mathematical Practice


On May 6, 2009, Carnegie Learning was announced as the winner of The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution. This was the third win for Carnegie Learning, having also won the CODiE in 2005 and 2007.[1][2]

Acquisition by Apollo Group[edit]

Main article: Apollo Group

On August 2, 2011, The Apollo Group announce their intent to acquire Carnegie Learning for $75 million.[3] The Apollo Group also acquired related technology from Carnegie Mellon University for $21.5 million paid over a period of ten years. The transaction was completed in September 2011.[4]

Carnegie Learning retained its name and its offices in the Frick Building in Pittsburgh. It was reported that Carnegie Learning's work force, 105 employees at the time of the deal, would expand under Apollo.[4]

Media Articles[edit]


  1. ^ "2009 Codie Award Winners Announced" (Press release). SIAA. 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ "22nd Annual Codie Award Winners Announced" (Press release). SIAA. 2008-04-18. 
  3. ^ "Apollo Group to Acquire Carnegie Learning" (Press release). Apollo Group. 2011-08-02. 
  4. ^ a b "CMU software spinout acquired". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. 3 August 2011.