NBC Learn and Carnegie Learning Join Together to Produce "Decision 2012: Election Math" Free Online Resources to Help Engage Middle and High School Students in the Mathematics behind the Presidential Race

NEW YORK, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, and Carnegie Learning, Inc., a leader in research-based math programs for middle school, high school, and post-secondary students, today announced they are teaming up to produce "Decision 2012: Election Math" – a collection of free online math education resources related to the 2012 election season and developed especially for middle and high school teachers and students. "Decision 2012: Election Math" will appear as a Free Resources Special Collection with streaming videos on www.nbclearn.com and linked to interactive math problems on www.carnegielearning.com, beginning in Summer 2012.  

The goal of "Decision 2012: Election Math" is to link innovative, research-based math instruction with national election events and trends to help improve student math performance.

The "Decision 2012: Election Math" collection combines NBC Learn videos from the current campaign and past presidential election cycles with Carnegie Learning interactive Cognitive Tutor® Software math problems. The resource collection illustrates Campaign Math and Statistics, such as predicting winners through sampling; voter math and statistics, for analysis of voting-age populations, registered voters, demographics, and turnout; the math of representation, looking at congressional representation and apportionment of electoral votes; and winning math and statistics, such as comparing winners and losers over time by political party, candidate age and home state, and popular and electoral votes.  

"Our collaboration with NBC Learn brings together the vast resources of NBC News with Carnegie Learning adaptive math software to demonstrate how math makes sense in the context of current events," said Dennis Ciccone, chief executive officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. "Our goal is to show that math exists in the real-world in a relevant and interesting way. 'Decision 2012: Election Math' is a terrific opportunity to engage a generation of learners who we hope will understand that math concepts are meaningful and accessible and that math achievement is attainable by all students."

"The team at NBC Learn is always looking for new and innovative ways to leverage our video resources for use by students and teachers both in and outside of the classroom," said Soraya Gage, General Manager of NBC Learn. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Carnegie Learning to illuminate the various math concepts at work behind the campaigns, and hope that students are able to understand the 2012 election in a whole new way."

About NBC Learn (www.nbclearn.com)
NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers, and lifelong learners. The online resources NBC Learn has created for the education community leverages nearly 80 years of historic news coverage, documentary materials, and current news broadcasts. The NBC News Archives on Demand feature gives students and teachers access to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives, including great historic moments--from the Great Depression to the Space Race to the latest political coverage. NBC Learn also offers primary source materials, lesson plans and classroom planning resources, and additional text and image resources from our content partners.

About Carnegie Learning, Inc. (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of innovative, research-based math curricula software and textbooks for middle school, high school, and post-secondary 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, creating a gateway to graduation and preparing them for college and the 21st century workforce. Carnegie Learning, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL), and is located in Pittsburgh, PA.

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