When are benchmark tests given?
Benchmark testing dates are determined by the account holder. That's why there is a date range setting to adjust and set the benchmark testing dates.
The Norms and the date range for the norm measures are calculated from the benchmark data derived from the District users of easyCBM. Since the date range when benchmark tests could be administered is left up to the district themselves, the range is quite larger than the one we suggest.
We offer a suggestion when the 3 benchmark tests are to be administered and that is the default dates set on the date range setting. While those are the dates we suggest, when testing takes place is always left up to the account user/district. Those suggested dates are during a 3 week period of time:
An example of correct benchmark window for the 2023-2024 academic year is:
Fall: Sept. 15th - Oct.. 5th, 2023
Winter: Jan. 1st- Jan. 21, 2024
Spring: April 5 - April 25, 2024
To look up a percentile on the norms/percentiles table, your benchmark tests should be given sometime during the range when the norms were calculated , and not outside of that range, in order for the scores to align with your student's scores.
Fall : September 1st - December 31st
Winter: January 1st - March 31st
Spring: April 1st - June 30th) you .
This date range suggestion is basically what the District account holders choose which are the scores we access and base our percentiles and norms on.
To access this feature, first login to your account and go to the “Admin” tab. Next locate the “Account Management” section and click on System settings.
Now, scroll down to the Benchmark Window Settings. To adjust this setting, select the opening and closing dates for the testing window. The benchmark window needs to be current for testing and the remaining benchmark dates need to be staggered with only one testing window open at a time. The dates also need to be moving forward in time. After selecting the dates, please make sure to click on the “Update Benchmark Dates” button in order for the changes to take effect.