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Compass Learning® and Renaissance Learning™ Partner to Bridge Assessment and Personalized Instruction for K-12 Classrooms

Compass Learning, a leader in personalized learning, and Renaissance Learning, the market leader in K-12 assessment and learning analytics, today announced a strategic partnership that will make it easier for educators to personalize instruction to the needs of students. Available this fall, the integration of Renaissance Learning’s STAR reading and math data and the newly released suite of solutions from Compass Learning will provide educators powerful tools to assess each student’s proficiency and automatically assign personalized learning paths that align to both state and Common Core standards.

“In partnering with Renaissance Learning, we are combining the power of STAR’s learning analytics with the rigor and engagement of our interactive instructional content to ensure that students achieve record academic results,” said Eric Loeffel, CEO of Compass Learning. “Together, STAR and our brand new suite of learning acceleration software will help educators more efficiently and effectively understand each student and provide them with the resources to realize their full potential.”

The Renaissance Learning progression – a sequencing of skills a student must master from Kindergarten to high school graduation – is powered by insights from more than 54 million assessments taken each year by students at more than one third of U.S. schools. With this integration, results from STAR assessments combined with Compass Learning content will automatically deliver personalized learning paths for educators in three simple steps:

  1. Compass Learning imports test data from Renaissance Learning STAR assessments into Compass Learning software including Hybridge, Pathblazer and Gradbound.
  2. A learning path is assigned to each student based on the data.
  3. Students then complete a range of Compass Learning activities, built on decades of research about how kids engage and learn, and linked directly to their educational needs and abilities.

“Our STAR assessments provide an accurate portrait of each student’s instructional level, which is an important first step in developing individualized learning paths,” said Jack Lynch, CEO of Renaissance Learning. “Now, with Compass Learning as our partner, educators will have access to more ways to integrate assessment and personalized instructional planning. The increased efficiency and access to substantive aligned content amount to a big win for both teachers and students.”

For more information, visit www.compasslearning.com.

About Compass Learning

Compass Learning® provides K–12 educational software that empowers teachers to unlock every student’s potential for academic success and growth with personalizing learning. Compass Learning takes a student-centered approach by providing comprehensive solutions that address the needs of every student and student-type to create personalized learning and differentiation programs that reach, engage, and inspire students to succeed. Teachers and administrators can more efficiently and effectively manage and measure progress, freeing time to focus on delivering academic results. Known for its academic rigor that is based on more than 40 years of research into how students learn, and are aligned to state and Common Core State Standards to support classroom and district accountability, Compass Learning is committed to the mission of partnering with educators to achieve record academic achievement one student at a time. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Compass Learning serves more than 10,000 schools across the United States.

About Renaissance Learning

Renaissance Learning is a leader of K-12 assessment and learning analytics with a presence in more than a third of U.S. schools and 60 countries around the world. By delivering deep insight into what students know, what they like and how they learn, Renaissance Learning enables educators to deliver highly differentiated and timely instruction while driving personalized student practice in reading, writing and math daily. Renaissance Learning is comprised of top researchers, educators, content-area experts, data scientists and technologists that create and perfect classroom-proven tools.

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