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Northwest Evaluation Association and CompassLearning Partner to Improve Education.

New Link Between Their Products Enhances Educators' Ability to Tie Assessments to Instructional Content

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwest Evaluation Association, a nonprofit provider of research-based assessment and analytical tools, and CompassLearning(R), a leading provider of online, standards-based instructional resources, are pleased to announce a new education alliance designed to align student assessment results and appropriate instructional content. Together, the organizations offer the most advanced assessment, curriculum, data management systems, and related products in the education arena.

As a first step, the organizations have created a link between CompassLearning Odyssey online instructional activities and assessment data from NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). As a result of the new educational alliance, once educators receive a student's MAP data that student will automatically receive an individualized online learning path through CompassLearning Odyssey.

For example, teachers can use NWEA's assessment data to identify where a student is proficient along a continuum of learning, and seamlessly provide that student with the appropriate curriculum learning path in CompassLearning Odyssey. Teachers will be able to address the instructional needs of all children no matter if their proficiency is well above, below or at grade level

"The alliance between CompassLearning and NWEA is important not just for each organization individually, but for the educational community as a whole," says Rajeev Puri, president of CompassLearning. "CompassLearning has a long history of commitment to high quality research and the critical importance of using data to help drive successful learning. NWEA allows us to offer our clients-educators across the country-access to high quality external assessments seamlessly tied to our curriculum. This is a great situation where together we are offering solutions and services that are greater than the sum of our parts."

This partnering effort includes several phases to be implemented into 2006. The initial phase, now under way, correlates CompassLearning's instructional content to NWEA's MAP assessment, and to NWEA's DesCartes, a classroom resource that aligns NWEA test scores with specific learning objectives and skills. Additional phases will enhance the correlation between NWEA's MAP and CompassLearning Odyssey curriculum.

Both organizations focus on ensuring that individual instructional needs are met. Providing a link between high quality individual student assessment results and well-developed research based instructional material serves all children well.

"This alliance reflects our commitment to work with organizations that share our values, including our goal to help all kids learn," says Allan Olson, executive director of NWEA. "Through this relationship we are able to combine the high quality assets of our two organizations to create additional targeted learning opportunities for our respective clients."

About CompassLearning

CompassLearning is a leading education technology solutions company. With more than 35 years experience in research-based instructional technologies, CompassLearning delivers standards-based assessments aligned with PreK through 12 curriculum and comprehensive data management systems. The company's products support educators, students and parents in the continual pursuit of improved student achievement.

CompassLearning is part of WRC Media, Inc., a leading publishing and media company that creates and distributes innovative supplementary education materials for the school, library and home markets. In addition to CompassLearning, WRC Media's operating companies include World Almanac Education Group, Inc., Weekly Reader Corporation, and WRC Consumer and Custom Publishing Group, which together market some of the best-known brands in educational publishing. Additional information is available at http://www.compasslearning.com/ .

About Northwest Evaluation Association

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping all children learn. NWEA provides research- based educational growth measures, professional training and consulting services to improve teaching and learning. Partnering with school districts, states and other education organizations, NWEA delivers computerized assessment services to more than 1,800 education agencies and three million students nationwide. Additionally, its Growth Research Database, the most extensive collection of student growth data in the country, provides a rich opportunity for the study of academic achievement. Additional information is available at http://www.nwea.org/ .

CONTACT: Dawn Danker Rosen of Fleishman-Hillard for CompassLearning, +1-914-241-2910, ddrpr@aol.com , or Lori Callister of Young & Roehr Group for Northwest Evaluation Association, +1-503-222-0626, Lcallister@young-roehr.com

Web site: http://www.compasslearning.com/ http://www.nwea.org/
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