Progress monitoring assessments are designed to measure students’ response to intervention and progress throughout the year. Progress Monitoring assessments are available from kindergarten to grade eight in both reading and math.
The assessments on the system are what is known as CBMs (curriculum based measurement), standardized measures that sample from a year’s worth of curriculum to assess the degree to which students have mastered the skills and knowledge deemed critical at each grade level. The CBMs on the easyCBM system are often referred to as ‘next-generation CBMs’ because we used an advanced form of statistics, Item Response Theory (IRT) during measurement development to increase the sensitivity of the measures to monitoring growth while at the same time increasing the consistency of the alternate forms of each measure type.
In schools that use the benchmark screener, all students are tested two to three times a year to see how students are doing academically in areas such as reading and math. For those students who test in the normal range for their grade, easyCBM will be of no benefit. However, if you have students that test low or below the expected range of performance, then easyCBM provides a tool teachers can use to help their students who are struggling. The goal will always be to get low functioning students back on their expected grade level as soon as possible and at the 50th percentile.