The Summative Benchmark assessment is used to track grade-level mastery and
growth throughout the year and to assess outcomes at the end of the year. It is
typically administered at the beginning of the year as a pre-test, during the year
as an interim test and at the end of the year as a post-test.
The Benchmark Assessment addresses grades K-8 (Language Arts and Math) as
well as Geometry I, Algebra I and English I. The test contains 20-35 items and does bookmark.
Questions are not randomized to allow the teacher to read the assessment
aloud as needed. As a formal assessment, proper test administration measures
must be taken.
Enabling the Summative Benchmark
The Summative Benchmark can be enabled for all students by a district administrator through the Integrations Directory (Administration tab > Utilities sub-tab > Integrations Directory > Classworks Assessments). That is where the the assessment is enabled, the testing windows are set, and it is decided which Classworks assessment option will be made available, as well as the subjects tested in each assessment window. By using this process, the assessment is not assigned by individual teachers, it is made available for all students in a school or district based on the options chosen for each testing window.
Formative Recommendations Report
After students have take the Summative Benchmark, the Formative Recommendations report will be available. The Formative Recommendations report is used to view student results from a
specific administration of the Summative Benchmark. From its results, you can
identify student progress on grade level skills; it can help you identify students
needing remediation. Results are based upon common vertical scaled scores.
Generate the Summative Benchmark: Formative Recommendations Report
|1||Navigate to the Individualized Learning tab. |
|2||Use the filter options to find students and click Apply.|
|3||In the search results, select student(s) that you would like to use to run the report.|
Note: students need to have assessment data available before the report can be generated.
|4||After selecting students, click Generate Report.|
|5||For Report Type, select Assessment, then choose Summative Benchmark, and choose Benchmark Results: Formative Recommendations. |
|6||Name your Report and select your report characteristics.|
|7||Choose what you would like to do with the report:|
Save: Saves the report to be available under My Reports on the Reports tab. This allows you to run it again using the same settings.
Export to File: Allows you to generate a CSV file or Tab Delimited file that will be emailed to the user.
Preview: Allows you to preview the report and print it as a PDF, if desired.
As you read the report, notice the following items:
- What is the average proficiency of the group (data displayed
above the blue target proficiency bar)?
- How does the average score compare to the target proficiency
based on time of year – fall, winter, spring? This can be used
when needing to compare a student to his/her peers.
- (If displaying by class, teacher or school) Is there a key strand
that is an overall weakness for the group? Is there a key strand
that is an overall strength for the group? Use this information
to help with classroom planning.
- If displaying by class, view the average scaled score for each
- When viewing individual student results, be sure to notice the
amount of time the student spent taking the assessment. Is it
an adequate amount of time?
- The overall score and overall proficiency reflects data for all
strands assessed. The individual strand information is
displayed for only key strands, which are strands where we
have asked enough questions to be able to identify it as a
student strength or weakness.
Report Sample: Display by Selected Students
You can export the results of a Universal Screener test administration to a data file. The
data file can be opened in a spreadsheet in order to manipulate the data as needed. For
example, you may wish to sort the data to find your bottom 25% or top 25% of
You can export the Universal Screener data into a .csv (i.e. spreadsheet) file.
The file contains the following Universal Screener data:
- Test name
- Student District ID
- Student name
- Correct/Attempted for each strand assessed
- Student's scaled score
- Proficiency score (based on corresponding testing window)
- Testing Window in which test was administered
- Date student completed the assessment
- Duration (in seconds)
- Teacher name
- School name
Note: The Display By options do not apply to export.
After students have taken the Summative Benchmark, Individualized Learning Paths (ILPs) can be generated based on the assessment results. Click here to learn more about how to create Individualized Learning Paths using your Summative Benchmark data.