AUSTIN (October 13, 2014) –Compass Learning, a leader in learning acceleration, released the results of a national study conducted to determine the extent to which the company’s software solutions power student learning. The results conclude that students who used Compass Learning software in the 2013-14 school year were 2.3 times more likely to accelerate academically when compared with their peers, who received regular classroom instruction without the software. In addition, students who used the software grew nearly twice as much as students who did not use the software.

“We’re commonly asked the question, ‘how much does Compass Learning help students learn?’” said Dr. Nick Sheltrown, Director of Learning Analytics for Compass Learning. “With this study, we have the evidence to show administrators and teachers that Compass Learning software can increase academic growth in powerful ways.”

The analysis, conducted in August 2014, examined nearly five million NWEA™ MAP® test scores from more than 800,000 students in almost 2,000 schools across the country. It compared beginning-of-year (Fall 2013) scores on the NWEA™ MAP® assessments to end-of-year scores (Spring 2014) on the same test.

“The results show academic growth to be proportional to the students’ level of usage,” said Sheltrown. “The more students used Compass Learning software, the more they grew on assessments.”

A common metric in social science research is effect size, which quantifies the amount of gain made in terms of standard deviations. The effect size for the Compass Learning study group was 0.52. Although standards vary, the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse defines those interventions with effect sizes above 0.25 as “substantively important,” putting the Compass Learning effect well above that range. In fact, this effect size puts Compass Learning in the “zone of desired effects”—the highest category defined by meta-analysis researcher John Hattie.

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About Compass Learning

Known for its academic rigor that is based on more than 40 years of research into how students learn, Compass Learning partners with educators to ensure that students achieve record academic results, one learner at a time. Its K-12 learning acceleration software combines a rigorous instructional approach and actionable data with engaging digital content so students have fun while making real progress. Supported by innovative professional development, Compass Learning is a comprehensive answer for educators who want to inspire students on the path to success. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Compass Learning serves more than 10,000 schools across the United States.

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