Monitor Student Progress and Growth

Measured Progress Benchmarks are designed to monitor students’ progress and growth. The 60-minute tests, administered up to 4 times a year, provide a common measure for instructional feedback across grade levels, schools, and districts as part of a comprehensive standards-based assessment program.

Math Benchmarks

  • Cover all domains in mathematics.
  • Focus on the major standards emphasized at each grade level for grades 3-8.

Reading Benchmarks

  • Cover all three domains in reading:
    • Key ideas and details,
    • Craft and structure,
    • Integration of knowledge and ideas.
  • Include passages that increase in text complexity and task complexity throughout the year.

Using Benchmarks, teachers can:

  • Assess students using constructed-response and evidence-based selected-response items, in addition to traditional selected-response items
  • Schedule assessments to coincide with classroom learning progressions and standards
  • Address a range of cognitive-demand (DOK) levels and multiple sets of standards in each form

Measured Progress Standards Pacing Guide

Benchmarks are built to the Measured Progress Standards Pacing Guide. The Standards Pacing Guide was informed by research conducted by the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas and outlines the standards included in each reading and math Benchmarks form. Standards are grouped to coordinate with intervals of instruction, ensuring that key standards and appropriate text complexity are addressed during the academic year. Benchmarks are paced to follow a logical sequence of instruction that coincides with the learning progressions outlined in college- and career-readiness standards.