Speak Agent Introduces Level Up Formative Assessment to Help Students Check Math and Science Content Knowledge

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Rockville, Md. — May 15, 2023 — Formative assessments give both students and teachers meaningful, actionable feedback to help with the learning process. With Level Up, a new formative assessment tool from Speak Agent, students can now quickly check their content and language knowledge at the end of each lesson to continuously inform instruction throughout the year.

“Level Up is not a test; it’s an instructional tool,” said Speak Agent CEO and Co-Founder, Ben Grimley. “Once learners master the content and language of a Speak Agent math or science lesson, they can move up to the next lesson. The idea of ‘leveling up’ places the emphasis on mastery.” Watch Ben Grimley provide a brief overview of the Level Up Formative Assessment Tool.

Level Up is now included in every lesson in Speak Agent’s middle school and high school math and science courses. Speak Agent is a digital platform that integrates academic language with math and science content through its unique, research-based Content+LanguageSM programs. Each program, available for grades K through 12, boosts outcomes by improving content vocabulary, knowledge of key academic concepts, and STEM communication and reasoning skills. Large-scale research has found that Speak Agent significantly impacts math, science, and English language development outcomes for historically marginalized and multilingual learners.

Each Level Up formative assessment typically includes five to ten items that align with each partnering district’s curriculum. Students may redo the activity as many times as they wish, and teachers can see the results of each attempt and which answers were correct on the first try. If an answer is incorrect, contextual hints guide students toward a correct answer.

“As students practice retrieving the information they have acquired during a unit, they reconsolidate and strengthen long-term memory,” Grimley added. “This enables more enduring retention of learning.”

Data from each Level Up are integrated into student and class reports. With this data, teachers can evaluate whether students are acquiring content knowledge as they gain academic language unit by unit. The data is also saved to the student’s digital portfolio so teachers can see the specific answers that each student recorded.

To support diverse learners, Level Up integrates a variety of learning supports. It can narrate at five speeds, magnify text to seven different sizes, and translate text into 135 languages. Students can also access a Word Gallery for visual aids.

 About Speak Agent, Inc.

Speak Agent is a research-based English language development (ELD) platform that significantly impacts STEM and ELD outcomes for all K-12 students. Speak Agent’s Math+Language℠ and Science+Language℠ programs improve academic performance by empowering students to learn

content through language. They use the program to master key math concepts, develop reasoning and modeling skills, and express mathematical thinking and ideas. Speak Agent engages students with ready-to-use digital lessons that seamlessly integrate with your existing curriculum and provide actionable data to inform both individual and group instruction. For information, visit speakagent.com.

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