CompassLearning, a provider of K-12 education software, announced the launch of Odyssey Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary, a curriculum for grades 3-8. CompassLearning says Odyssey Reading is founded on scientifically-based research into how students learn and retain information. CompassLearnings Odyssey Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary curriculum uses artificial intelligence to simulate a conversation between the user and software program by creating a person who responds to the student in the same way a human being might. The company says that Odyssey Reading adds critical elements of engagement to the learning process, touching the emotions of the student and increasing student comprehension through its human/machine interface

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