| COMMON CORE Benchmarks |
Assessments that Keep Pace with the Common Core
Benchmarks are assessments designed to monitor students' understanding of the Common Core before they are evaluated on summative assessments. They also provide instructional feedback about the scope and sequence of an educator's curriculum and instruction.
Our content development experience and a review of the research included in CCSSO's Common Core State Standards Implementation Tools and Resources provided the framework for building Benchmarks and the Measured Progress COMMON CORE™ Standards Pacing Guide.
The Standards Pacing Guide outlines the standards assessed in each reading and Benchmarks form in grades 3 through 8. Standards are grouped to coordinate with intervals of instruction, ensuring that key standards are addressed during the academic year. Benchmarks forms progress in difficulty and are paced to follow a logical sequence of instruction that coincides with the learning progressions outlined in the Common Core.
- Give teachers valuable feedback about student understanding of the Common Core at four checkpoints throughout the school year.
- Take the guesswork out of determining which Common Core standards should be assessed, and when.
- May be embedded into instruction and administered after every five to nine weeks.
- Address a range of cognitive demand (Depth of Knowledge) in each form.
- Can be administered and completed on the Lighthouse™ online testing platform in one class period.
- Cover a broader scope than a Testlet and allow for more in-depth coverage on multiple sets of standards.
LighthouseTM is a next-generation assessment delivery platform developed by Texas-based eMetric, LLC, and made available to Measured Progress.