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800 new digital learning activities help prepare for PARCC and SBAC tests


New content and questions help students prepare for PARCC and SBAC assessments

digital-learningCompass Learning recently announced its Pathblazer math and reading intervention solution and Hybridge blended learning solution have been enriched with more than 800 new digital learning activities for grades 6-8.

These activities feature new multimedia and tech-enhanced question types that align to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC).

“As school districts across the country prepare to test their students for the first time using new computer-based assessments, it is critical they have the proper tools that help overcome curriculum pain points and grow students’ confidence in the online testing environment,” said Eileen Shihadeh, vice president at Compass Learning.

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“Our new digital learning activities meet this challenge head on with content and functionalities that represent the types of assessment questions that students will see on the PARCC, SBAC, and other technology-delivered assessments.”

Student learning gaps are first identified through built-in diagnostic assessments or through NWEA MAP, Scantron Performance Series, and Renaissance Learning STAR assessment data. Based on the assessment results, the Compass Learning software prescribes individualized learning paths targeted to each student consisting of a series of digital learning activities.

The new lessons are aligned to state and Common Core standards for increased rigor and address higher-order thinking skills and problem solving. ELA activities involve close reading of complex texts (including fiction and informational text) and writing standards. Math covers major clusters in each grade level and features visual representations to support greater coherence.

The Compass Learning suite of software houses more than 32,400 digital learning activities that conform to the company’s proven instructional approach for personalized learning, including instruction, supported practice, independent practice, and ongoing formative assessment. The lessons are characterized by:

Rigorous instructional content delivered through conversational, age-appropriate activities;

Multiple representations of information such as graphic organizations, concept maps, and video for improved comprehension;

Tech-enhanced question types including select-text (ELA) and drag-and-drop.

“Compass Learning has an unwavering dedication to supporting the changing needs of educators and students, and this reflects our continued commitment to evolve with a changing market,” said Shihadeh.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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