Carnegie Learning Merges With New Mountain Learning, With Focus on Content and Delivery

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The longtime provider of math content Carnegie Learning is merging with language learning company New Mountain Learning, in a pairing touted as bringing an array of academic sources for schools under a streamlined delivery system.

The newly merged organization, unveiled today, will operate under the familiar name of Carnegie Learning, Inc. The news of the merger was released in connection with a New York-based private equity firm, CIP Capital, announcing that it is investing in Carnegie Learning. CIP was already a strategic investor in New Mountain Learning

The organizations did not reveal the terms of the deal.

Carnegie Learning, which is based in Pittsburgh and says it works in an estimated 800 districts, is best known for delivering content in math. But it also provides classroom resources in STEM, literacy, computer science, and coding.

One of New Mountain Learning’s core brands, which will be a key part of the merger, is EMC School, a provider of academic resources focused on world languages, literature, language arts, project-based learning, and computer science.

The merger will also bring Carnegie Learning together with two other New Mountain Learning brands: Paradigm Education Solutions, which provides print and digital products in higher education; and JIST Career Solutions, which is focused on career development and other services.

The combined organizations are “going to be a much more comprehensive, K-16 provider,” Carnegie Learning Chief Marketing Officer John Jorgenson said in an interview. “We’re going to have much more scale [so that districts] are not going from one vendor to get this, one vendor to get that. There is an efficiency to be gained.”

In addition, the organizations are betting that the merger will result in a more seamless delivery of content to districts.

Carnegie Learning, which was created out of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and now has about 150 employees, has already put a focus on developing adaptive lessons, coupled with artificial intelligence. It is the developer of MATHia, a middle and high school curriculum that incorporates adaptive learning. The company’s ability to get materials to schools will expand greatly by tapping into EMC School’s digital learning environment called Passport, Jorgenson predicted.

When Carnegie Learning’s content is woven within Passport, the result will be “a central location for student learning, with students interacting with AI-driven tutors across multiple subject areas,” the two companies said in a statement.

The two organizations’ offices will remain where they are now: in Pittsburgh for Carnegie Learning, and St. Paul, Minn., for New Mountain Learning, Jorgenson said.

Daniel Schwartz, a principal at CIP Capital, said in the statement that Carnegie Learning, will “aggressively explore” additional investments in products, services, and research that serve students and schools.

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