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Suraya Asfar, News Editor

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During the 2016-2017 school year, the school has made a major decision to implement Compass Learning into the everyday curriculum of the seventh and eighth grade students at Sierra.

Compass Learning is a digital curriculum found online. Students have been receiving Compass Learning assignments for classwork and homework already this year. Compass Learning is unique for every student. The site creates individualized learning pathways for students based on MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)  test scores.

“The ultimate goal is to raise the student’s  MAP scores. Instead of seeing 2-3 points increased we want to look for 4-5. The catch is though, are kids actually going to do their Compass Learning?” says Michele Ahrens (Telluride).

“Some kids tell me that they enjoy it. Some kids say that it’s too rudimentary, too young for them. So it depends on the student and how seriously they took MAPs testing,” says Erin Kelley (Phoenix).

Each team has different requirements as far as grading, time limits, lesson plans, etc. Some teams are doing work habits grades, some teams are doing content knowledge grades. Although, math and language arts both doing different approaches on Compass Learning.

“I do work habits grades. I haven’t figured out a way to give it as a content grade yet. But I know that the language arts teachers are doing content grades. But I’m not sure how I want to do it yet,” says Patricia Sanger. (Hawk)

“We do not know if it is going to be used in high school or not. Currently, it’s a school by school choice, and it’s a lot of money. We have to pay for this service so the school was trying to find something that would help with precise learning,” says Ahrens.

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