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.