(From NECC 2004)
CompassLearning Odyssey for English Language Learners is software that helps American educators address the growing number of students who have yet to master English language basics. Under NCLB standards, ELL children are tested on their progress in learning English. CompassLearning’s product development team worked with the Q Group, which specializes in language learning products, to create Odyssey ELL. The software presents real-world situations to involve the user and is designed to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds. The browser-based Odyssey ELL is offered in two versions, Levels K-6 (Elementary) and Levels 7-12 (Secondary). The Elementary Level is designed for children ages 5-12 with little or no previous knowledge of English. A CompassLearning spokesperson described the release of an English-Language learner product as a “big departure” from the company’s previous offerings but noted the emerging need and important role for such a product in the era of NCLB.