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Feature Friday: ELA Benchmark Assessments

Posted by Amy Klazkin on July 29, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Front Row ELA Benchmark Assessments are here! This new assessment tool makes it easy for teachers to track student performance and progress throughout the school year and make informed decisions about their teaching.

The ELA Benchmark Assessments test students on all grade-level Common Core ELA standards for fiction and nonfiction text, writing, speaking & listening, and language (grammar). Each assessment contains multiple reading passages in addition to stand-alone questions, and will take students around an hour to complete.

To assign an assessment to your students, click on “Assign ELA” on the left navigation bar on your Teacher Dashboard, and then click on the “Assign” button next to Benchmark Assessments. As of now, assessments are available for grades 3 through 5, and there are several different versions at each grade level so that teachers can administer different assessments throughout the year. You can expect even more assessments for additional grade levels coming soon!

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The detailed reporting that comes with Front Row’s ELA Benchmark Assessments (found under Math Reports on the left navigation bar) helps teachers make important decisions about their teaching. Since these assessments are auto-graded by the computer, teachers can spend their time to analyzing the data instead of grading. By clicking into the assessment report, teachers can easily find data about overall class performance, class performance by section, question, and standard, as well as individual student performance.

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These comprehensive assessments can be used to help teachers decide:

  1. What standards and skills to teach or reteach
  2. What concepts to cover with the entire class
  3. Which students to pull for small group instruction
  4. Which students to select for additional reading intervention
  5. What skills to focus on for state testing


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Teachers can also use these assessments to familiarize students with computerized testing. The formatting of the ELA Benchmark Assessments mirror that of state testing tools like the SBAC and PARCC. The reading passages appear alongside comprehension questions, each with a scrollbar to navigate the page. Question types include multiple choice, multiple answer, and free response questions in which students need to pull evidence from the text.

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Looking for an easier way to track student performance and progress in ELA over the course of the year? Look no further! Try out Front Row’s ELA Benchmark Assessments, and let us know what you think!

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