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ESSENTIALS
COURSE ACTIVITY GUIDE
Using Benchmarks for
IEP Compliance
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Overview
This module demonstrates how to select and administer
benchmark assessments, analyze the data collected to validate
student progress and support IEP development.
Learning Objectives
After you've completed this module, you should be able to:
Identify the different benchmarks available within the GPS
List the purpose of the benchmark assessments
Determine which benchmarks you will select for each student
State how the data collected informs instruction and validates progress
Teaching Standards
Standard V: Assessment
Standard VIII: Curriculum and Instruction
Learning Environment
ISTE (International Society for Technology in
Education) Standards
Facilitator
Analyst
Standards for Professional Learning
(Learning Forward)
National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards (Exceptional Needs Standards)
Data
Outcomes
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Follow-Along Guide
1. Benchmarks are ______________-_______________ assessments available to _________ grade bands.
2. Benchmarks allow you to collect _____________________ data and then monitor ___________________in
targeted skill areas including _______________, _______________, _______________ and __________________ skills.
3. The over 40 benchmarks include __________________________________, ______________________, and
__________________________.
4. Select and administer Benchmarks that __________________ with each student’s
__________________________ goals.
5. Administer Benchmark assessments _______________________ or at minimum ___________ times a
year.
6. Benchmarks’ consistent ______________________ is similar to many states’ end of the year
_________________________ assessments.
7. Use the __________________ ________________ benchmarks if your student requires Level _________
differentiated supports.
8. Use the _________________ ___________________ benchmarks to target early childhood skills in
_______________ students.
9. ___________________, _______________________, and _________________ ________________ benchmarks assess
_____________________ skills for students who require Level _________ and _______________ differentiated
supports.
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10. The Printable Instructions and Test document includes a _______________ copy of the assessment if an
__________________ version is necessary for student success.
11. You can use the detailed ______________________ from the benchmark reports to develop ___________
goals.
12. Once the benchmark is completed, the data displays as a ____________________ ___________________ and a
_________________________ __________________________.
13. The Reading Level Assessment, located in the reading tab, identifies the ________________ and
___________________ reading level for students with Level ____________and ______________support needs.
14. If you have any questions about the ______________ and ___________________ of prompts refer to the
_____________________ ______________.
16. Record any pertinent information in the ________________ field before saving.
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ACTION ITEM!
Activities
Activity 1:
How do you currently assess your students?
How do you collect data for IEPs, parent-teacher conferences and transition meetings?
When monitoring student progress do you use your own assessments or do you use common
assessments?
Activity 2:
Using the Benchmark Preparation Guide (Spreadsheet- download in course materials)
List your students and their targeted skill areas.
Activities (cont'd)
Activity 3:
How does information from the Benchmark Assessment support other team members’ work
with the student?
How will you share this data with them?
Activity 4:
Look at the questions and your answers to the first activity. From what you’ve learned in this
module, write down how Benchmark Assessments provide solutions to the questions.
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Self-Evaluation Checklist
Vocabulary
Active Communication Response (Response Mode) a response that can be recognized by others and has
a defined reason for production
Active Participation Guide a guide that defines various levels and forms of communication; outlines the
training and facilitation of an active communication response and consistent choice making within
educational tasks
Add and Subtract Benchmark an early Number Sense skills assessment for students with Level 2 or 3
support; sets of problems involve the concept of more and less, and addition and subtraction in
progressing difficulty; part of Math Problem Solving assessments
Benchmark Assessments performance-based common assessments; allow you to collect baseline data
and then monitor progress in targeted skills areas including reading, writing, math and emerging skills;
suggested administration: 2-4x a year
Calculating and Making Change Benchmark a mathematics skills assessment for students with Level 2
or 3 supports focusing on money calculations, including more and less, addition and subtraction; part of
Math Problem Solving assessments
Calculating Time Benchmark a mathematics skills assessment for students with Level 2 or 3 supports
involving forward and backward calculation of time in one and two-hour increments; part of Math
Problem Solving assessments
Coins/Bills and Value Benchmark mathematics skills assessment for students with Level 2 or 3 supports
identifying coins and calculating money values with mixed amounts up to $5.00; part of Math Problem
Solving assessments
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I am familiar with the different Benchmark Assessments.
I can state the purpose of the Benchmark Assessments.
I can select appropriate Benchmark Assessments for my students.
I can use the data collected from Benchmarks to inform my instruction.
I can use the data collected from Benchmarks to validate student progress.
Course contains a prescribed number of modules to provide detailed instruction to support mastery of
a larger topic
Data Analysis Benchmark a mathematics skills assessment for students with Level 2 and 3 supports
including questions in groups of three, and three types of charts for students to analyze; part of Math
Problem Solving assessments
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Vocabulary (cont'd)
Developmental Checklist: Social and Emotional
a list to assist teachers and parents in gathering and sharing information about a child’s strengths and
weaknesses in specific areas of social and emotional development regarded as typical milestones
(Toddler 3-4 years; Pre-K 4-5 years); part of Early Learning assessments
Developmental Checklist: Motor Skills
a list to assist teachers and parents in gathering and sharing information about a child’s strengths and
weaknesses in specific areas of motor skills regarded as typical milestones (Toddler 3-4 years; Pre-K 4-5
years); part of Early Learning assessments
Developmental Checklist: Language and Communication
a list to assist teachers and parents in gathering and sharing information about a child’s strengths and
weaknesses in specific areas of language development regarded as typical milestones (Toddler 3-4
years; Pre-K 4-5 years); part of Early Learning assessments
Developmental Checklist: Learning
a list to assist teachers and parents in gathering and sharing information about a child’s strengths and
weaknesses in specific areas of cognitive development regarded as typical milestones (Toddler 3-4
years; Pre-K 4-5 years); part of Early Learning assessments
Early Emerging Math Rubric where observational information is recorded for a student during number
sense, time and money learning tasks; part of Emerging Skills Level 1 assessments
Early Emerging Rubrics where response mode and level of prompting are recorded based on teacher
observations as the student engages in identified learning tasks; part of Emerging Skills Level 1
assessments
Early Emerging Reading Rubric where emerging reading skills are recorded based on teacher
observations for concepts of print, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension; part of Emerging Skills Level
1 assessments
Early Emerging Writing Rubric where emerging writing skills are recorded based on teacher
observations for writing process, writing applications, writing conventions and communication; part of
Emerging Skills Level 1 assessments
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Final Letters Benchmark an early word decoding skills assessment identifying final letter sounds for
students with Level 2 and 3 supports; part of Reading assessments
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Vocabulary (cont'd)
Fractions Benchmarks a mathematics skills assessment for students with Level 2 or 3 supports with
questions including the concepts of units in a whole, recognizing fractions as parts and identifying
fractions; part of Basic Math assessments
Initial Letters Benchmark an early word-decoding skills assessment identifying initial letter sounds for
students with Level 2 and 3 supports; part of Reading assessments
Letter ID - Upper Case, Letter ID - Lower Case Benchmarks phonemic awareness skills assessments
providing baseline data on emerging reading skills; part of Early Learning assessments
Letter Match Benchmark assessment for letter identification by matching or selecting a named
letter from three choices; part of Emerging Skills Level 1 assessments
Level 1 Benchmark Assessments (Emerging Skills) assessments that look at participation criteria,
including non-verbal responses and levels of prompting; rubric formats monitor emerging reading,
writing and math behaviors; performance formats include errorless options in early reading, writing and
math skills
Listening Comprehension Benchmark a reading skills assessment for students with Level 2 or 3
supports identifying a student’s listening comprehension skills; part of Reading assessments
Measurements Benchmark a mathematics skills assessment for students with Level 2 or 3 supports
that assesses a student's knowledge of measurement vocabulary, measurement tools and measurement
units; part of Basic Math assessments
Module an organized collection of content presented together to address a specific learning objective
supporting the overall concepts from the course. Each module links to specific teaching standards,
learning objectives and opportunities for the learner to engage with the content. An assessment of what
is learned is included with each module.
Multiply and Divide Benchmark is a Number Sense skill assessment for Level 2 and 3 students; sets of
problems involve the concepts of multiplication and division in progressing difficulty; part of Math
Problem Solving assessments
Number Match Benchmarkperformance assessment for number identification by matching or
selecting a named number from three choices; part of Emerging Skills Level 1 assessments
Numbers and Counting Benchmark a math assessment for students with Level 2 or 3 supports
addressing number recognition and counting to 20; part of Basic Math assessments
Performance Assessments activities that give the teacher the opportunity to observe students
completing tasks using the skills being assessed
Phonemic Awareness the ability to notice, think about and work with the individual sounds in spoken
words
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Vocabulary (cont'd)
Phonemic Awareness Phoneme Blending Benchmark phonemic awareness skills assessment for
students with Level 2 or 3 supports; part of Early Learning assessments
Picture Match Benchmark a performance assessment identifying "things", "actions" and "descriptors"
by matching or selecting a picture from three choices; part of Emerging Skills Level 1 assessments
Printable Instructions and Test Document (Administration Guide) outlines suggested administration,
scoring and results as well as directions for administration.; includes a printable version of the
assessment for students needing modifications or accommodations to the online assessment
Problem Solving Assessments math assessments for adding and subtracting, calculating and making
change, calculating time, multiplying and dividing, and data analysis.
Reading Level Assessment modified fluency passages for students with Level 2 or 3 supports scored for
accuracy and comprehension; providing an interpretation of a student's reading level as Instructional,
Frustration and Independent; part of Reading assessments
Reading with Symbols Benchmark assessment for students with Level 2 or 3 supports comparing
fluency and comprehension when reading text sentences or sentences with symbol support; part of
Reading assessments
Rhyming Words Picture Recognition Benchmark performance assessment for word recognition by
matching or selecting the picture of a rhyming word from three choices with 1 distractor; part of
Emerging Skills Level 1 assessments.
Rubrics quality criteria and standards by which a product, performance or outcome is developed and/or
assessed
Shapes Benchmark early geometry skill assessment for students with Level 2 or 3 supports, involving
circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, ovals and octagons; part of Basic Math assessments
Telling Time Benchmark mathematics skills assessment for students with Level 2 or 3 supports
involving telling time to the hour, half-hour, quarter-hour and five-minute intervals on both digital and
analog clocks; Basic Math assessments
Word Recognition Benchmark reading assessment for students with Level 2 or 3 supports providing a
baseline measure of words read from 3 levels of Dolch/Fry's high frequency words; part of Reading
assessment
Word Rimes Benchmark early word-decoding skills assessment for students with Level 2 or 3 support
that uses similar word parts and varying initial sounds to obtain baseline data on emerging reading skills;
part of Reading assessments
Writing Probe Benchmark assessment that evaluates the writing skills of students with Level 2 or 3
supports who are able to create basic sentences, paragraphs and topical documents in written or typed
formats; part of the Writing assessments
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