AUSTIN, TX – Oct. 25, 2010 – CompassLearning, the leading provider of personalized education technology solutions for grades K–12, today announced that the Texas Education Agency has named the CompassLearning Odyssey English Language Arts and Reading, Grades K–12 learning solution to the Commissioner’s List of Electronic Textbooks. CompassLearning Odyssey is the only complete K–12 curriculum solution to be included on the approved list. The list is part of Texas House Bill 4294, which gives school districts greater flexibility and access to a wider range of state-approved materials — from traditional textbooks to innovative, standards-based digital content delivered online for students and teachers.

To be eligible for the Texas approved list, products had to undergo rigorous review and meet several compliance factors for educational content based on the Texas curriculum, teaching standards, and accessibility. Based on current, confirmed research, the CompassLearning Odyssey English Language Arts and Reading solution assesses students’ strengths and weaknesses; prescribes personalized learning paths of challenging, yet engaging instructional material; and provides teachers with customizable reports that help inform instruction.

Jo Nelson Middle School, part of Santa Rosa Independent School District in southeast Texas, exemplifies the positive impact of digital curriculum in the classroom. After a pilot program demonstrated impressive results, the middle school implemented CompassLearning Odyssey English Language Arts and Reading and CompassLearning Odyssey Math school-wide.

“This is the third year we’ve used CompassLearning, and, even in this short time, we’ve found that our students show improved engagement and performance. Both experienced and our more recent teaching staff can use the solution to determine where their students need added intervention,” said Aminta Olivarez, principal. “We have a program here where we can definitely point to the data and say that this helps us close the achievement gap.”

According to CompassLearning Chief Executive Officer Eric Loeffel, by providing funds to implement electronic instructional materials in classrooms, Texas is giving its students an edge in succeeding in our global society. “The advantage of using electronic instructional materials goes beyond the fact that today’s students communicate electronically,” he said. “With CompassLearning Odyssey, for example, students can be assessed and assigned to custom learning paths within minutes. Teachers can quickly and easily monitor the ongoing progress of students with widely disparate skill levels and provide personalized intervention or direct instruction for the entire class using 21st Century tools and resources. Administrators can access customized reports to inform decision making at all levels. All of these advantages of an electronic-based system point to one thing: improved student performance.”

CompassLearning serves over a million students in more than 20,000 schools, including many of the leading districts in Texas. CompassLearning Odyssey’s English Language Arts and Reading program for grades K–12 helps build strong verbal, reading comprehension, and writing skills, while engaging students more deeply in the learning process with activities that appeal to students’ imaginations and interests.

About CompassLearning
CompassLearning, the leading provider of personalized education technology solutions, has been helping students excel for more than 40 years. To help students achieve success, CompassLearning products support differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and response to intervention. The company’s flagship product, CompassLearning Odyssey, is based on current and confirmed educational research and is developed in a learning studio of highly qualified curriculum experts working alongside talented animators, scriptwriters, and engineers. From the struggling learner to the student needing a challenge, CompassLearning Odyssey is designed to engage, educate, and inspire. For more information about CompassLearning, visit www.compasslearning.com.

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Leslie Eicher