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Why can’t I administer a benchmark test?

There are two items to consider when administering benchmark screeners. Is the testing window open, and are the tests being given on-grade?

Testing Windows
There is a date range setting that is determined by the teacher/account holder. The benchmark window needs to be open in order for students to take a test. 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. An example of correct benchmark window for the 2018-2019 academic year is:

Fall Sept. 1 – Sept. 30, 2018
Winter Jan. 1- Jan. 31, 2019
Spring April 1 – April 30, 2019

On-grade Testing
The easyCBM system is designed for benchmark assessments to be given at a students’ actual grade level (progress monitoring measures can be used off grade level). When the testing window is open, students login to: your username and they have access to all on-grade benchmark tests. Benchmark tests are administered on-grade only. The program will not offer benchmark tests to students other than their designated grade level. All measures are designated for grades K-8th grade (9th grade and above cannot be benchmark tested). If you already know that a student is not performing at their grade level then the progress monitoring measures should be implemented instead.

Last Updated: November 17th, 2015
Filed under: FAQ