PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has approved Carnegie Learning® textbooks, adaptive software, and professional development support for implementation in high schools through July 31, 2015. Instructional materials on the approved list are reviewed and formally adopted by the State Board of Education for purchase by Oregon school districts using state education funds. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130212/NE59103LOGO ) The Carnegie Learning Math Series: Course 3, Algebra I: A Common Core Program, Geometry, and Algebra II programs were adopted in a bridge-year review intended to address the need for instructional materials to support the transition to the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics. In addition, Carnegie Learning Professional Development Services support Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice by preparing Oregon teachers for classroom instruction that deepens student content knowledge, promotes problem-solving, and encourages students to reflect on their thinking and consolidate new mathematical ideas. Oregon is one of 45 states and the District of Columbia embracing Common Core standards to prepare all students for college and careers in the 21st century. The state began implementing new common core-aligned curricula in the 2011-12 school year. Oregon's adopted instructional materials process encourages voluntary applications for programs that meet the ODE's Mathematics Grades 9-12 review criteria. By law, textbooks are subject to rigorous review and must meet at least 80 percent of the overall established criteria in order to be approved by the State Board of Education for use in classrooms. In Oregon, Carnegie Learning ® programs are implemented in Portland, Beaverton, Eugene, Tigard- Tualatin, West Linn- Wilsonville, Medford, Bend- Lapine and St. Helens school districts. Based on decades of research and third-party evaluation, Carnegie Learning curricula and professional development support for teachers are currently adopted in fifteen of 20 curricula adoption states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia. 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 U.S., 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 at www.apollogrp.edu.