Benchmark Assessment for Improved Learning
This policy brief addressed three major questions that education leaders should consider in establishing a benchmark assessment system:
What purposes are the benchmark assessments intended to serve?
What criteria should be used to select or create the benchmark system?
What organizational capacity is needed to support effective use for improvement.
Among the benchmark testing purposes are communicating expectations, instructional and curriculum planning, monitor and evaluate student learning outcomes, and predict future performance. Selection criteria include validity, alignment, reliability, fairness and accessibility, instructional sensitivity, utility, and reporting. The piece also includes recommendations for building schools’ and districts’ capacity to use benchmark assessments to improve learning.