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Compass Learning Odyssey

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Mar 1, 2013
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Company: Compass Learning, 203 Colorado St., Austin, TX 78701; 512-478-9600; Website:

Price: Contact Compass Learning for information about the cost of Odyssey in your situation. It depends on the number of grades, buildings, and students involved.

Audience: Compass Learning Odyssey is a complete K–12 curriculum, but some tools will work better with upper elementary and older.

Format: This comprehensive curriculum is digital with sound and animation delivered via the internet.

System Requirements: Odyssey requires fast internet access, current computers, and adequate computer access; the faster, the better for all students.

Description: Compass Learning Odyssey K–12 language arts and math curricula are fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards. It includes complete K–12 math, language arts, social science, and science curriculum, which are research-based and include rigorous interactive activities, colorful, age-appropriate manipulatives, videos, graphics, and animations along with audio reading passages in digital format. Assessment prescribes personalized learning paths using those materials.

Overall Rating:5 Stars
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: This is a matter of being sure technical resources such as computers and internet access are adequate, arranging teacher training, and purchasing Odyssey from Compass Learning. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Compass Learning Odyssey offers an outstanding means of working with and complying with ever-present Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Odyssey is a complete digital curriculum while Renzulli Learning works with current school curricula.

With Odyssey, teachers use multidimensional assessments to determine each student’s achievement level, learning style, interests, and expression style. Based on achievement and grade level, Odyssey helps teachers prescribe personalized learning paths aligned with CCSS.

Teachers then use Compass Learning’s course work to instruct students and augment easily modified lesson plans. Course work includes K–12 digital lessons in math, language arts, social studies, and science, supported by scaffolding, spiraling, classroom flipping, and enrichment. Materials are also available for ACT, GRE, and GED test prep.

Anywhere, anytime accessibility enables student learning at school or at home. Teachers monitor student progress in real time to identify the skill and concept mastery of each student. With a large number of customizable reports, educators can track student, class, and school achievement to make data-driven decisions.

An Odyssey-based community enables improved instruction by integrating 21st-century learning skills with social media capabilities. The easy-to-use tools available to the community build online conversations and improve student-teacher interactions within a safe, protected environment. Parents can log in and monitor student progress and achievement on assigned activities.

This is an excellent program; it is well thought out and developed. However, if students don’t have nearly full-day computer access, school districts will be unable to take full advantage of it. Please keep that in mind as adoption is considered. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Compass Learning Odyssey is relatively easy to use, especially for students and teachers who are already computer literate. Instructions appear on-screen and are intuitive. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Technical support assistance is available at 800-678-1412 along with much of the usual online support material. Compass Learning has created the Compass Learning Impact Teacher Academy, which makes more help available in the form of programs delivered by Compass Learning’s team of educators as a blend of workshops, leadership planning, instructional coaching, and technology training. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: In Odyssey, Compass Learning has created an excellent curricular product that incorporates social technologies, digital material, the internet, attention to Common Core State Standards and more, with K–12 education. That is becoming increasingly essential, and I highly recommend it to any school district whose students have adequate computer access. Highly Recommended.

Reviewer: Charles Doe ( is a 39-year teacher, including 10 years as elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Michigan. For the past 15 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools.


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