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Diana Hyland

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New Study Shows Students’ Use of Odyssey Math Contributed to 103-Point Increase in State Test Scores

Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse Gives Odyssey Highest Applicable Rating


AUSTIN, TX (August 26, 2009) — CompassLearning today announced that the Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) gave Odyssey Math, a K–12 online learning solution, their “highest possible rating” based on the results of a study that focused on fifth-grade mathematics students. The study found that students who used Odyssey Math in addition to regular coursework scored an average of 103 points — or 17 percent — higher on the mathematics portion of Pennsylvania’s standardized test than those students who did not use Odyssey Math.


Data from the study covered 207 fifth-grade students across four Pennsylvania schools. A control group of students who did not use Odyssey Math scored an average of 1480 on the mathematics portion of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) standardized test. Students in the test group, who used Odyssey Math in addition to their regular classroom curriculum for at least 90 minutes per week, scored an average of 1583 on the same test — an increase of 103 points.


Odyssey enables teachers to assess students and identify their areas of strength and weakness. The management system uses assessment data to create a personalized learning path of engaging activities for each student that addresses the specific skills or concepts that student lacks.


“Odyssey helps teachers address a classroom full of students who may all be performing at different levels. Because it differentiates instruction to students at, above, and below grade level, it remains relevant and challenging to each child. The on-demand, customizable reporting feature tells educators which students are encountering difficulty and in which areas, and enables them to address those students in a small group. In the meantime, the rest of the class will be working in their prescribed learning paths,” said CompassLearning president Eric Loeffel.


According to Melanie Pritchett, Director of Educational Policy for CompassLearning, “These results not only highlight the benefit of making Odyssey available to all the students in a classroom, but they also underscore the need to implement the Odyssey solution with fidelity. The more consistently students use Odyssey, the better-informed their teachers will be if they need to make an adjustment to a student’s learning path.”


Odyssey is available thorough an unlimited-user license, allowing all students within a school to use Odyssey from the classroom, home, or anywhere else, at any time.





Diana Hyland

Manager, Marketing Communications
tel: 512.492.6134
fax: 512.492.6193
203 Colorado Street

Austin, Texas 78701


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