WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This Thursday, two scientists with the RAND Corporation and Carnegie Learning, Inc. will be discussing a recently completed, government-funded, randomized field trial of a promising Algebra I curriculum. The study, one of the largest overseen by the Department of Education in the past decade, examined the effectiveness of Carnegie Learning's Cognitive Tutor ® Algebra I curriculum, an innovative intervention developed by cognitive and behavioral scientists from Carnegie Mellon University. The $6 million study, which was conducted by the highly reputable RAND Corporation, found an average improvement of eight percentile points – from the 50 th to the 58 th percentile – among students using the curriculum in conjunction with teacher-led classroom instruction. The findings of this rare, large-scale, randomized field trial may have significant implications on math education in the U.S., and on Algebra proficiency specifically, a subject broadly considered to be a gateway to later math outcomes. Who: Steve Ritter, Ph.D., Chief Scientist of Carnegie Learning John Pane, Ph.D., RAND Senior Scientist and author of the working paper, which has been conditionally accepted for publication by an academic journal What: Tele-Press Conference featuring the RAND Corporation and Carnegie Learning, Inc. When: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 10:30 AM ET About Carnegie Learning, Inc. Carnegie Learning Inc. 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. ( www.carnegielearning.com) SOURCE Carnegie Learning, Inc.