San Diego USD Cogitates on Cognitive Tutor


San Diego Unified School District in California is hoping to bump student performance in math with the help of a research-based multimedia math curriculum called Cognitive Tutor Bridge to Algebra. The district spent $177,000 on licenses to bring the algebra readiness curriculum to students in 11 of its middle schools.

"Like a lot of districts, San Diego has schools that are underperforming and require our greatest commitment," said Kim Hall, mathematics curriculum director for SDUSD. "We studied several solutions and believe that the flexibility of implementation and the potential for differentiated instruction that Carnegie Learning provides is our best approach to helping these struggling students and our schools to achieve success in math."

The 11 San Diego middle schools implementing the curriculum include Bell (grades 6-8), Clark (6-8), Correia (7-8), Farb (6-8), Kroc (7-8), Mann Expedition (6-8), Marston (6-8), Pacific Beach (6-8), Roosevelt (6-8), Taft (6-8), and Wilson (6-8).

Cognitive Tutor Bridge to Algebra, in its full implementation, includes a mix of software, textbooks, professional development, and other resources. Some of the SDUSD schools will deploy the full program, while others will be using the software alone and implementing a supplemental approach "tailored to the school's unique needs," according to Carnegie.

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