What are District Benchmark Assessments?

Benchmark assessments are designed to assess students’ mastery of the taught curriculum over the given time period. The district uses assessments to measure whether students are on track toward Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The assessments also give students a chance to experience the testing protocol before ‘the big day’ of their actual state assessment tests.

How are they planned?

The Benchmark Assessment department coordinates the development and implementation of a district assessment program. Benchmark assessments are administered at key points in the year.

What if I have questions?

Contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Cobb, benchmark coordinator.

When will MOY (Middle of Year) benchmark assessments take place?

  • 4th Grade Writing: Dec 4th
  • 5th Grade Math: Jan 22nd
  • 3rd/4th Grade Reading: Jan 31st
  • 5th Grade Reading: Jan 30th
  • 3rd/4th Grade Math: Jan 23rd
  • 5th Grade Science: Feb 1

Make-ups will be given at various times throughout the benchmark window.

What should families do?

If possible, please refrain from scheduling appointments of checking students out in the morning on benchmark days. The school wants students to practice engaging in a testing environment.

Also, please share the following tips with your children:

  1. Have a Positive Attitude – Approach the big test as you’d approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.
  2. The Night Before – The night before the test you should get to bed early. Remember, you brain and body need sleep to function well, so don’t stay up late!
  3. The Morning of the Test – Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don’t skip breakfast the morning of the test. Get to school early so you aren’t rushing, and get you brain turned on, and tuned up.
  4. I’m Stuck – Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don’t get worried or frustrated. Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you’re still stuck, circle it and move on. You can come back to it late. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options, and make the best guess you can.
  5. Multiple-Choice Questions – The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn’t be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.
  6. Neatness Counts – Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill in the spaces carefully.
  7. I’m Done – Not so fast! When you complete the last item on the test, remember that you’re not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure you didn’t make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place, or skipping a question).