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Provider

CompassLearning

Contact Information

Primary

Jim Hardwick
203 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (501) 920-2800
Email: bids@compasslearning.com

Secondary

Gina Rivera
203 Colorado St.
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (800) 232-9556
Email: bids@compasslearning.com

General Information

Website: www.compasslearning.com
Screenshots / Demo: www.compasslearning.com/sampleactivities.aspx
Effectiveness Data: www.compasslearning.com/products/show.aspx?page=2.4.0
Type of Organization: For Profit Company
Organization is best described as: For-Profit
Age of Firm / Number of Years in Operation: 41 years
Level(s) services may be provided: - Elementary
- Middle
- High School
- District
Provides performance guarantees in contract: NO
Educational Services Provided Assessment
Comprehensive & Effective Planning
Content Curriculum Programs
Curriculum Alignment
Dropout Prevention and Intervention Services
Educator Effectiveness
Instruction
Professional Development
Technology
Specific Content Area :
K-12 language arts and math, 6-12 science, 9-12 social studies, AP

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in Colorado:

CompassLearning has 57 accounts in Colorado with active service contracts and another 35 who do not have current support contracts. Recent references are provided below and more specific information can be provided on request.

Recent References:

Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Julie Bowline
julie.a.bowline@adams12.org
(720) 972-4000

Achieve K12
John Bailey - Principal
bailejj@d11.org
(719) 328-3012

Colorado Dept. of Education
Becky Smith, Intensive Support Manager
Smith_b@cde.state.co.us
(720) 883-8152

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in other states:

CompassLearning serves tens of thousands of schools across the county. The schools are urban to rural, large to small, successful to struggling. Several nationawide references are listed below.

Clark County School District (Las Vegas, NV)
Dwight Jones, Superintendent
Pat Cooper, Asst. Superintendent Student Support Services
(702) 977-5471
PCooper@interact.ccsd.net

Deer Creek Public Schools (Edmond, OK)
Toni Jones, Secondary Curriculum (6-12) & Instructional Technology
(405) 348-6100
jonest@deercreek.k12.ok.us

Shelby County Schools (Memphis, TN)
Susan Pittman (Elementary)
spittman@scsk12.org

Uintah School District (UT)
Jayme Leyba, Director of Curriculum
jayme.leyba@uintah.net
(435) 781-3100

Tooele County School District (UT)
Daniel Johnson, Director of Secondary Curriculum
dnjohnson@tooeleschools.org
(435) 833-1900

Qualifications of this Organization (licensure, trademark, etc.):

CompassLearning is a leading provider of K-12 education software whose number one goal is to increase student achievement. With more than 41 years of experience in the field of research-based education software, CompassLearning delivers standards-aligned curriculum, assessment, and comprehensive data reporting to students in schools across the country.

CompassLearning's product and services have been reviewed an approved by a number of states including:
- Approved by the Colorado Department of Education as the only K-12 digital content Closing the Achievement Gap provider for curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- Approved vendor on the Missouri Registry of Quality Vendors (RQV) for School Improvement Grants (SIG)
- Approved Michigan School Improvement Grants (SIG) external service provider
- Approved Arizona Department of Education provider of turnaround services in the areas of Leadership Services, Curriculum Services, and Assessment Services
- Approved Research-Based School Improvement Model for Cleveland (OH) Metro Schools
- Approved Whole School Reform Model for the New York City Schools
- Approved Tennessee Race to the Top professional development provider
- Listed as a monitoring and tutoring program in the Utah Department of Education's 3-Tier Model of Math Instruction
- Odyssey is an approved program on the Nevada Legislative Bureau of Educational Accountability and Program Evaluation's List of Effective Remedial Programs

CompassLearning's Odyssey instructional solutions have won numerous education and technology awards validating their quality:
--Best Multi-Subject Website (2011) for Odyssey High School in The CompuED Gazette BESSIE Awards
--Three EDDIE Awards (2010) from The CompuED Gazette for Best Website for Odyssey Algebra II, Odyssey Chemistry, and Odyssey World History
--Four Best Educational Software (BESSIE) awards from The CompuED Gazette (2010) for English IV, Algebra II, World History, and Chemistry
--The ComputED Gazette special 2009 EDDIE Award Showcase award which highlighted three CompassLearning products: Odyssey High School, Odyssey High School Science, and Odyssey Math 5-6 Intervention
--Best Remedial Multi-Subject Website (2009) for Odyssey High School in The CompuED Gazette BESSIE Awards
--BESSIE from The CompuED Gazette (2009) for Best Math Intervention Website for Odyssey Math Intervention 5-6
--Best Educational Software in the Early Elementary (grades 1-2) category (2008) in The CompuED Gazette BESSIE Awards
--Best Remedial Multi-Subject Website (2008) for Odyssey High School in The CompuED Gazette EDDIE Awards
--EDDIE (2007) from The CompuED Gazette for Best Middle School Solution and was recognized as Best Teacher Tool
--Technology & Learning Awards of Excellence Legacy Award for Odyssey Reading/Language Arts
--Best 4-8 Language Arts Website (2007) in The CompuED Gazette BESSIE Awards
--SIIA CODiE Award Finalist for Best Assessment Solution

The 2009 EDDIE Showcase Award said, "All offer an exceptional instructional management system and curriculum, complete with comprehensive assessment and broad-based reporting tools. Our compliments to CompassLearning for producing these three outstanding products."

Qualifications of Instructors/ Staff that Provide Services:

CompassLearning provides managed online content and assessments, professional development, and technical support. It does not provide instructors or staff. It does provide professional for LEA staff so they can effectively implement the content in their schools and technical support via toll free phone, email, and live chat.

Cost:

CompassLearning offers both annual subscription and ownership purchase models. Actual costs are based on the number of users and/or schools purchasing, the professional development model chosen, and the level of technical support desired. Please contact CompassLearning for a customized quote based on your needs.

Purchase Options:

Option #1: Single User Annual Licenses-In this model, each student user requires a separate license. The advantage is that there is no juggling of licenses and students will not be "kicked out" due to a lack of available licenses. When a student leaves the program, his license can be used by another student. Licenses must be renewed annually. Ongoing professional development is optional.

Option #2: Multi-User Annual Licenses-Multi-user licenses can be shared between multiple students, similar to a concurrent/seat/port license. The maximum number of students who can be logged in at any one time is equal to the number of multi-user licenses. Licenses must be renewed annually. Ongoing professional development is optional.

Option #3: Ownership with Unlimited User Licenses-The ownership model provides unlimited user licensing (UUL) per site and ownership of purchased Odyssey curriculum, assessments, and management system. Curriculum is purchased by grade and subject. CompassLearning can host the system or the school can host on its servers. Year 1 support is required for all implementations and on-going annual support is required for hosted implementations. Ongoing professional development is optional.

Explanation of how we are able to provide differentiated services to meet the individual needs of schools and districts.

CompassLearning's mission is "We facilitate student success by collaborating with educators to create personalized learning experiences." The CompassLearning Odyssey products were designed with flexibility in mind to meet the needs of individual districts, schools, students, and teachers. Odyssey is available via the internet 24/7/365 from any location.

Each new school's experience with CompassLearning begins with an implementation meeting to determine the site's needs and develop a plan for meeting them. Everything, from the training plan to the way students access the software, is based on the needs of the school / district and its students. Professional development plans include a variety of sessions, some of them based on district-specific needs, that can be delivered face-to-face, remotely, in a blended model, or through a train-the-trainer program.

Each teacher has the freedom to use the available content as he or she sees fit in alignment with the school's goals. Content can be delivered to individuals, small groups,or whole class. Student assignments can be based on a diagnostic/prescriptive assessment, whole course, or teacher selected according to his or her needs.

Assessments, too, are customizable to the needs of the school or district. Assessment tools allow users to augment the existing test item with bank with items of their own and to create custom tests.

Differentiation for students is embedded in learning activities and incorporated by design.

Critical Mistakes Guidance - CompassLearning's learning activities use a critical mistakes analysis to provide students with correction and guidance when they answer incorrectly and instructional reinforcement when they answer correctly. When a student answers a question incorrectly in an Odyssey activity, the activity identifies the type of mistake and branches the student to the feedback specific to that mistake. This is not the same instruction originally presented, but is different in presentation. Not only is the student provided with another opportunity to answer the question, but also with guidance about why the incorrect answer was incorrect.

Re-teaching - Re-teaching is embedded in the activities and learning paths. When a student answers a question incorrectly, he is automatically branched to additional instruction within the lesson. This is not the same instruction originally presented, but is different in presentation. In selected activities, if a student is not successful in the learning activity, Odyssey automatically assigns a separate re-teach lesson which presents the same concept, but in a different manner to meet the diverse learning needs of the student.

Decision Points - Decision Points allow the sequence of an Odyssey assignment to be based on student performance. They are flags which trigger a specified action when the established mastery score in an activity is not met: continue, progress alert to the teacher, restart. This allows the learning path to be further customized based on each student's performance.

Scaffolding - To assist with the attainment of mastery of the material, the instructional design in Odyssey incorporates explicit strategy instruction to support students as they are learning new skills. As students gain competence, they can choose to use fewer and fewer supports.

Odyssey includes strategy support with hints and re-teaching of skills and concepts. The re-teaching explains the skill in a different way when the student needs another explanation. This instructional design addresses the various learning styles and how students learn.

On-screen text is kept brief and manageable for easier comprehension and students can scroll at their own paces. A narrator guides students to summarizations and main idea via interactive questioning and guided processing. "Hint buttons" with questions are tied to the critical mistakes guidance.

Some additional examples of scaffolding in Odyssey include:
- Instructional flow from direct instruction, to guided and independent practice.
- Learner controlled navigation within an instructional lesson to allow the lesson flow to adapt to the learner's choices of reviewing or continuing on.
- Audio and conversational support throughout lessons.
- Highlighted/hyperlinked vocabulary words for contextual support and audio pronunciation of vocabulary words.
- Video lectures with direct, explicit instruction to support comprehension and replay option with rewind and fast forward options to help review concepts.
- Interactive conversation techniques to engage learners, reiterate main ideas, and summarize and restate key concepts.
- Visual and auditory support to assist with comprehension including animations, illustrations, photos, videos, graphics, music, and narration.
- Comprehension checks at strategic points to verify understanding and provide specific feedback.

Support for Struggling Students - Odyssey's research-based pedagogy ensures that students are provided with clear examples and focused activities that move from the simple to the complex and from the concrete to the abstract in a manner that provides scaffolded support to the learner. Readiness activities are delivered through engaging, highly interactive, and individualized learning paths that provide targeted instruction on specific skills and concepts. Instant feedback and repetitive skill development ensure that students are mastering critical objectives before moving on to more complex materials. Teachers and administrators receive timely information on student performance through the management system. Additionally, data from ongoing assessment provides constant feedback to students and teachers so that instructional adjustments can be made in real-time, if necessary.

To meet individual student needs, CompassLearning delivers assessment and learning activities in a variety of formats. Features that support struggling students include:

Curriculum
- A student at any grade level can be placed in any level of the curriculum.
- Students can set their own pace.
- Auditory assistance and/or support is provided throughout activities.
- Activities are engaging to keep students focused and on task.
- Pages within activities are clearly organized and consistent in structure.
- Concepts are repeated, reviewed, and summarized for clarity.
- Activities teach concepts through audio, conversation, graphics, and videos.
- Visual enhancements for teaching concepts include font, font size, spacing, color, bullets, and numbering.
- Activities call on students to use the different intelligences.
- Activities use elements that have built-in feedback and repetition capabilities.
- Activities are broken up into manageable units, which help improve student self-esteem.
- Multimedia in activities is used to trigger the sympathetic imagination and improve emotional intelligence.
- Odyssey Writer allows writers to make frequent revisions without tedious recopying.
- Odyssey Writer includes outlining and semantic webbing (mapping ideas) so writers can easily rearrange their compositions.
- Odyssey Writer is a "What You See is What You Get" (WYSIWYG) tool.
- Online individual student work promotes more emotional honesty and self-disclosure, less fear, less shyness, and less aggressive domination of discussions.

Assessment
- Students can set their own pace.
- Teachers can make accommodations for special mastery levels, time for completion of custom tests, and navigation.
- Instructions and images are clear, allowing for easy navigation.
- Diagnostic-prescriptive capabilities permit individualization of instruction based on assessment results.

How will we evaluate our services and support to schools and districts and its effectiveness in school/ district/ student achievement?

At the beginning of each implementation, evaluation goals are developed jointly between the site / district and CompassLearning's Impact Teacher Academy team. Throughout the year, progress toward these goals is measured and plans and goals are adjusted as needed. The most common measure of effectiveness is increased student scores on the state assessment, but other measures such as increased attendance, number of credits earned, grades, and teacher effectiveness may also be evaluated.

Sample of services offered for a school or district:

Under 500 Students:

CompassLearning's solutions for Colorado schools include:
- Odyssey K-8 reading/language arts and math curriculum
- Odyssey Middle School Science
- Odyssey High School and Odyssey High School Advanced/AP
- Personalized, assessment-based curriculum assignment with ongoing formative and summative assessment
- Curriculum management to facilitate student placement, individualize courseware, and manage delivery of curriculum
- Aggregated and disaggregated individual and group reporting
- State standards-aligned assessments and test authoring tools including item banks, item creation tools, and objective creation
- Flexible models to accommodate a variety of school resources
- Technical services and professional development including planning and leadership for effective implementation

Small school districts may choose to purchase annual licenses rather than own the curriculum since each student license provides access to the entire K-12 core offering. Small districts may also choose to consolidate training across buildings for increased economies. 24/7/365 access allows districts to offer courses any time of the day and or year. It may also allows them to offer subjects they previously couldn't because of a lack of teachers (i.e., AP, advanced math and science, foreign languages). Odyssey also provides content for online school offerings.

500-1000 Students:

CompassLearning's solutions for Colorado schools include:
- Odyssey K-8 reading/language arts and math curriculum
- Odyssey Middle School Science
- Odyssey High School and Odyssey High School Advanced/AP
- Personalized, assessment-based curriculum assignment with ongoing formative and summative assessment
- Curriculum management to facilitate student placement, individualize courseware, and manage delivery of curriculum
- Aggregated and disaggregated individual and group reporting
- State standards-aligned assessments and test authoring tools including item banks, item creation tools, and objective creation
- Flexible models to accommodate a variety of school resources
- Technical services and professional development including planning and leadership for effective implementation

Mid-sized school districts may choose to purchase annual licenses to serve a specific population or may wish to own the software because of its unlimited user site licensing. Mid-sized districts may also choose to hold some professional development sessions at the building level and also consolidate some professional development across the district.

24/7/365 access allows districts to offer courses any time of the day and or year and support parent involvement programs through home access. It may also allows them to offer subjects they previously couldn't because of a lack of teachers (i.e., AP, advanced math and science, foreign languages) and provide content for alternative or suspended students. Odyssey also provides content for online school offerings.

1000+ Students:

CompassLearning's solutions for Colorado schools include:
- Odyssey K-8 reading/language arts and math curriculum
- Odyssey Middle School Science
- Odyssey High School and Odyssey High School Advanced/AP
- Personalized, assessment-based curriculum assignment with ongoing formative and summative assessment
- Curriculum management to facilitate student placement, individualize courseware, and manage delivery of curriculum
- Aggregated and disaggregated individual and group reporting
- State standards-aligned assessments and test authoring tools including item banks, item creation tools, and objective creation
- Flexible models to accommodate a variety of school resources
- Technical services and professional development including planning and leadership for effective implementation

CompassLearning's unlimited user site licensing is ideal for large districts because it provides Odyssey access to all students and teachers in a building. The curriculum is purchased once and ongoing costs are optional (depending on the model purchased). Large districts may choose to hold professional development sessions at the building level and/or consolidate professional development across the district. Train-the-trainer is another option available to districts that have an internal cadre of professional developers and/or curriculum specialists.

24/7/365 access allows districts to offer courses any time of the day and or year, support extended day/year programs, and support parent involvement programs through home access. It may also allows them to offer subjects they previously couldn't because of a lack of teachers (AP, advanced math and science, foreign languages), support teachers teaching out of their area of certification or who need content support, and provide content for alternative schools or suspended students. Odyssey also provides content for online school offerings.

CompassLearning's combination of research-based content and the Impact Teacher Academy provides a framework for school improvement through goal setting, consistent rigorous instructional design and resources, ongoing assessment, teacher development, and evaluation.

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