Odyssey Compass Learning Computer-Based Mathematical Intervention for Middle School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The purpose of this research thesis is to determine if the computer-aided instructional (CAI) intervention Odyssey Compass Learning would improve math outcomes for nine middle school students with moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Multiple measures were used to evidence students’ baseline prior to the intervention. The Odyssey Compass Learning program was then utilized two time per week for 30 minutes for 6 weeks. Post-assessment data was then gathered. The quantitative data revealed that students improved on both assessments after participating in the intervention. Students’ scores increased between 2 to 51 points on the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Rasch Unit Scale (RIT) score, an assessment from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). Seven of the nine students showed substantial improvements. In addition, on the Number Sense and Operation Teacher Assessment, students improved in from one to seven mathematical concept areas. The significance of this research is that the intervention is directly linked to standardized assessment data and provides an individualized learning path for each student providing systematic exposure to the CCSS.