Benchmark tests are screeners. They are given to students at their grade level to see where they are academically compared to other students in their own grade, at a particular time of year. They indicate how well a student is performing at their actual grade level and help identify students who are performing below the 50th percentile and need assistance.
Benchmarks should not be administered to a student you know to be functioning below their grade. In fact the program will not administer a benchmark test to a student off-grade or above the 8th grade (only grades K-8). If you already know a student is performing below grade, then you automatically start the student on the progress monitoring measures.
Benchmark tests can be found on the Teacher Deluxe accounts and are not a part of the easyCBM Lite edition.