Literacy Acceleration

The Beable Life-Ready Literacy System is the first solution that quite literally connects literacy to life. Through Beable, students see explicitly how literacy is their lifeline to life-readiness. They in turn are motivated to accelerate literacy as a means to a more expansive life ahead – from college to career to economic success.

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LITERACY TAKES FLIGHT
WHEN IT’S CONNECTED
TO LIFE

Beable uses core content areas – such as Civics and U.S. History – as the vehicle for reading instruction and Lexile acceleration. Importantly, the system integrates literacy instruction with ACT/SAT prep, workforce skills, and career exposure based on whole-child assessments and goal setting. Importantly, Beable takes content differentiated by reading level and adds to it the multiple dimensions of individualization and personalization to drive greater efficacy and engagement. As one important example, Beable individualizes learning through Companion Courses, such as Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension, that accompany general lessons for students who need this support.

Understanding Each Child

The first step in Beable’s multi-dimensional approach is understanding the whole child. The very foundation of the Beable product experience and the first thing students complete when they get started is a series of surveys and assessments that provide the information needed to understand and support the whole child.

A Lexile placement test is provided in English and Spanish. The assessment was created in conjunction with MetaMetrics, Inc., developers of the globally adopted Lexile framework. Utilizing modern computer-adaptive technology, the assessment arrives at a precise measure of student reading ability in a short amount of time. Of note, students only take a full assessment one time. After that, they need only take mini-assessments which enable the system to provide ongoing adjustments of students’ Lexile levels, so the content is always a good fit for their evolving reading needs.

The Lexile measure feeds necessary information to the BeableIQ engine so it can automatically create an individualized path by establishing the required number of reading sessions and recommended Companion Courses that each student needs to complete to get on track for grade-level comprehension. The Lexile measure allows the BeableIQ engine to automatically match students to appropriate versions of grade-appropriate text, ranging in complexity from a 200L to a 1300L, in English and in Spanish.

A survey of student personality types uses the widely adopted RIASEC career aptitude test. This inventory results in a three-letter code that categorizes each student’s dominant personality traits, which can then be used to help the student identify ideal work and career opportunities.

Based on the results of the RIASEC inventory, BeableIQ suggests careers that match a student’s personality. A career picker allows students to research relevant careers and select the ones of greatest interest. Each career has associated Lexile/reading requirements along with the required number of sessions students need to complete to be on target for those careers.

A survey of students’ hobbies, passions and interests helps build their sense of individuality, lets teachers relate to their students and form connections that extend beyond academic subjects, and makes learning more personalized for students by enabling BeableIQ to recommend reading sessions based on their interests.

Beable also gathers additional information from administrators and teachers including special education classification and tier, ELL needs, and any special accommodations or learning needs.

Individualizing Learning Paths

With this holistic understanding of each student, the BeableIQ engine creates an individualized learning path for each student. BeableIQ calculates the number of sessions delivered at the just-right Lexile level each student needs to meet grade-level literacy goals, college-readiness goals and her own personal career goals. BeableIQ also determines if the student will need extra supports in the form of Companion Courses, which are courses that prepare struggling students for general lessons. Companion Courses include Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Decoding and Content-Area Knowledge. We also provide an Extension Companion Course for gifted students. Together, the student and the teacher create a plan that maximizes instructional time both in and out of the classroom, allowing the student to reach the optimal number of general and Companion sessions.

Consider these three eighth-grade students and the individualized learning paths BeableIQ provides:

  • Shanise Johnson is reading at grade level, at Lexile of 1100L. The BeableIQ engine will recommend two grade-level reading sessions per week for Shanise to achieve expected Annual Growth. Additionally, because Shanise would like to be a police detective when she graduates, which requires a Lexile above 1350L, Beable will reinforce the value of reading more and accelerating her gains.

  • Julio Santo is an ELL student reading below grade level, at a Lexile of 700L. He aspires to be a commercial pilot, which requires a Lexile above 1160L. To get there, Julio will need MORE than the two sessions per school week given that he needs both to catch up based on his starting point and to achieve expected annual growth. Accordingly, he should be completing FOUR sessions per week to get ready for graduation and his chosen career. So BeableIQ will assign an extra TWO sessions per week to Julio – beyond the TWO that Shanise, who is starting at a higher Lexile level than Julio, will be assigned. The system will also recommend specific content that matches Julio’s interests to encourage completion of the requisite sessions. Additionally, since Julio is a Spanish-speaking ELL student, his individualized plan will include language scaffolds to provide extra support as he goes through his coursework.

  • Samantha Davis is reading far below grade level, at a Lexile of 300L. She would like to be a middle school teacher, which requires a starting Lexile of 1200L. To get there, Samantha will need quite a bit of reading time. She will need TEN lessons per week, which translates to a much more aggressive and ambitious implementation plan for her. BeableIQ as a result will assign an extra THREE sessions per week to meet her goals – beyond the TWO that an on-level student would be assigned. Samantha’s individualized plan will include specific content that matches her interests. Additionally, the system will recommend that her teachers provide for extra time IN AND OUT OF SCHOOL for more coursework – for example, weekend bootcamps or a summer institute for struggling readers – to ensure that Samantha can complete the recommended TEN sessions per week. Based on Samantha’s very low reading level and Special Ed classification, her individualized learning path will also include pull-out teacher support for her general classroom lessons.

Computer-Adaptive Lexile Placement Test
RIASEC Career Aptitude Test

Core Instructional Content

Once each student is presented with her own individualized path to achieve college and career readiness, the instruction begins.

  • Each student receives lessons at the ‘just-right’ level for her needs. Every student in the class reads the same lesson that covers the same core standards, but the lesson is automatically differentiated to match each student’s reading ability. This ensures that the student is acquiring the content knowledge required for the core curriculum and for success on the end-of-course assessments while also building literacy proficiency.
  • The lessons include a set of learning activities designed to assess the student’s comprehension and propel her literacy skills forward. The activities are interactive, aligned to standards and fully tracked and reported to the teacher and school/district leadership team.

Students’ individualized coursework comprises a combination of academic and special interest content. Academic content typically is assigned and required by the classroom teacher. Students select special interest content on their own, based on their individual interests.

  • Academic lessons are aligned with state standards and cover larger required courses as well as required mini topics. Full courses are primarily designed to ensure Annual Growth for both content knowledge and expected literacy growth. Mini courses primarily target Catch-Up Growth for students who need a higher frequency of reading lessons. Beable in effect enables schools to ‘kill two birds with one stone’ – addressing core content area domains while also improving student literacy – while also giving teachers the flexibility to use whichever courses they choose, for whichever purpose.
  • Special interest content appeals to students by covering a range of topics including sports, travel, amazing teens, wacky foods, extraordinary animals, technology, crime solving, art and music/dance. Students select content from this pool to increase their reading time and are rewarded as they get closer to the optimal number of sessions needed to achieve their growth goals.
 

 

Course List:

  • MS Civics
  • HS US History II
  • Debates
  • World of Work (Career Course)
  • Holocaust
  • Financial Literacy
  • Black History
  • Hispanic Heritage
  • Women in History
  • Health
Academic Lessons Academic Lessons
Special Interest Content Special Interest Content

Motivation and Engagement

The Beable offering is noteworthy for its understanding of the mindset of middle and high school students. Features that engage and motivate students and that ensure product ‘stickiness’ are woven throughout:

Immersive, interactive art is at the center of the user experience. The product features an illustrated community map with buildings that represent the topics covered in reading sessions.

  • For example, students access civics lessons by clicking on a courthouse, and they access the career exploration section by clicking on a career fair banner on the map.
  • Students can hover over interactive points that reveal relevant facts (for example, hovering over a police officer will reveal the Lexile reading level required for this occupation).
  • To further engage the user in the experience, students can select and customize their avatars to represent themselves in the community.

Students earn points and achievements (called Beabilities) for demonstrating key behaviors within the application.

A leaderboard showcasing student accomplishments encourages competition and collective fun.