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Release Notes 2014

Read about the new features and enhancements for Pathblazer, Hybridge, and Odyssey released during the 2014 calendar year.

2014.5

HTML5 Updates

  • The Flash content in the following high school courses has now been converted to HTML5:
    • English I
    • English II
    • English III
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
    • Geometry

Please note that the first time students access an HTML5 activity, they will need to start at the beginning of the activity
even if they have already completed work in the Flash version of the activity, as bookmarks in Flash activities are not
preserved in the HTML5 version of the same activities.

Standards Alignments

  • Updated alignments with new content in grades 6-8 Math and ELA for Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, and Minnesota

Pathblazer Updates

  • Updated NWEA™ learning paths with new grades 6-8 Math and ELA content for the Language and Math and Reading 2-5 and 6+ MAP® tests for Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas
  • New NWEA™ learning paths for Primary Grade Math and Reading tests for Texas

Maintenance and Bug Fixes

  • This release also features routine maintenance, system improvements, and bug fixes

2014.4

New Learning Activities

  • Over 800 new student activities are available in all solutions that include lessons for grades 6-8, including direct instruction, supported practice, independent practice, and quizzes aligned to Common Core and state standards
  • Added twice-yearly Performance Tasks (including student and teacher materials)
  • Added instruction for Common Core Practice Standards and Texas Process Standards 
  • Added instruction on mathematics problem-solving at each grade level
  • Added new interactivity types to increase student familiarity to technology-enhanced assessments
  • Updated design for all new lessons
  • New instruction added for Texas Process Standards in grades 3-5

New Activity Player

  • Added a new HTML5 video player for new learning activities

Standards Alignments

  • Updated Common Core alignments with new content for Math and ELA in grades 6-8
  • Updated TX and STAAR alignments with new content for Math Process standards in grades 3-8
  • Updated TX and STAAR alignments with new content for Math and ELA in grades 6-8
  • Updated Hybridge Textbook alignments with new content for Math and ELA in grades 6-8 in Elementary and Middle School programs
  • Updated Renaissance® Learning alignments with new grades 6-8 content for Reading and Math STAR® tests
  • Updated Scantron® Performance Series® alignments with new grades 6-8 content for Reading, Language Arts and Math tests (including grade level appropriateness)
  • Approximately 200 new diagnostic items to address new content for Math and ELA in grades 6-8 (for CCSS and TX/STAAR)
  • Updated NWEA™ alignments with new grades 6-8 content for the Common Core Language and 6+ Math and Reading MAP® tests

Important Information for Enterprise Customers

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve and enhance educator and student experiences within our software, we will begin to add brand new HTML5-based content to all solutions. In addition, we will also begin replacing our existing Flash-based content with content that has been converted to HTML5. Our move to HTML5 enables us to provide a modernized solution, allowing for an optimal user experience and accessibility on a variety of devices. As we transition and modernize our platform to use HTML5, our minimum server requirements for the Enterprise version of our software also need to keep up. The most impactful change is in hard drive size requirements, as highlighted on the new server requirements page. Please contact your Account Manager or Compass Learning Support & Services for details.

Check out our current technical requirements here: Pathblazer/Hybridge Technical Requirements

Maintenance and Bug Fixes

  • This release also features routine maintenance, system improvements, and bug fixes

2014.3

New e-Reader Add-On Available for Compass Learning Hybridge™ and Pathblazer™

Compass Learning has partnered with myON, a leading provider of e-Readers, to develop an integrated solution that will automatically provide students with bookshelves of e-Readers. These e-Readers are available as an add-on for our Hybridge™ blended learning and Pathblazer™ reading intervention solutions. Highlights include:

  • Student bookshelves of high-interest titles, curated by the Learning Architecture team
  • A bookshelf of titles is available for each student, based on that student's grade level and reading proficiency level
  • Each student is able to choose and read titles that interest them to build reading fluency
  • Teachers may choose new bookshelves for students if desired
  • The Hybridge™ and Pathblazer™ Program Overviews (available on the teacher Resource Pages) have been updated with more information about myON and our e-Reader add-on

Pathblazer Updates

  • Renaissance Learning STARTM integration for Reading/Language Arts has been expanded to include grades 1-2, based on the Common Core State Standards

New Login Page

  • The login page for Compass Learning solutions has been updated with a new look (the login process has not changed)

Standards Alignments

  • New NWEA Primary Grade Math and Reading tests in Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania for enterprise customers

Maintenance and Bug Fixes

  • This release also features routine maintenance, system improvements, and bug fixes

2014.2

Standards Alignments

  • Updated alignments to the latest standards for Alabama Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus
  • Updated alignments to the NWEA Florida Math, Reading, and Language MAP tests
  • Updated alignments to the NWEA Florida Primary Grade Math and Reading tests
  • Updated alignments to the NWEA Kansas Primary Grade Math and Reading tests
  • Updated alignments to the 2014 College Readiness Standards

Maintenance and Bug Fixes

  • This release also features routine maintenance, system improvements, and bug fixes

2014.1

Standards Alignments

  • Updated learning path alignments for Texas MAP Math tests for enterprise customers
  • Updated learning path alignments for Georgia Primary Grade Reading and Math tests for enterprise customers
  • Updated learning path alignments for Indiana MAP Math, Reading, and Language tests

Pathblazer Updates

  • New reporting features are now available for Math and Reading Intervention and can also be exported to Excel:
    • The Pathblazer Student Acceleration Plan provides data for Pathblazer’s four-step intervention process: assign diagnostic pretest, monitor student performance, assign post-test, and make promotion decision
    • The Pathblazer Progress Monitoring Report provides objective-level detail on the learning paths assigned to students in Pathblazer, providing visibility into how students are progressing through their learning paths

Maintenance and Bug Fixes

  • This release also features routine maintenance, system improvements, and bug fixes

2014.0

Renaissance Learning STAR™ Assessment Integration Now Available

Compass Learning solutions can now import test results from Renaissance Learning's STAR™ computer-adaptive
assessments and automatically generate learning paths based on these assessments. Highlights of this integration include:

  • Automatic creation of learning paths based on Renaissance Learning STAR™ computer adaptive Math and Reading
  • assessments
  • Math alignments for grades 1-12, based on the Common Core State Standards alignment
  • Reading/Language Arts alignments for grades 3-12, based on the Common Core State Standards alignment
  • Reporting features for assignments based on STAR™ assessment results

Standards Alignments

  • Updated Texas STAAR Language Arts, English I, English II, and Math
  • Updated NWEA learning path alignments for MAP assessments for Georgia and Pennsylvania for enterprise customers

Maintenance and Bug Fixes

  • This release also features routine maintenance, system improvements, and bug fixes

 

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