Current law in the State School Aid Act requires districts to administer benchmark assessments as follows:
- administer benchmark assessments to all students in K-8 in reading and mathematics
- administer benchmark assessments at least twice in the school year - within the first 9 weeks of school and again before the end of the school year
Legislative Actions and Reports
MDE Approved Benchmark Assessment Providers
The law is flexible and provides districts with several benchmark options. Districts options include choosing: 1) benchmark assessment(s) offered by an assessment provider on the MDE-approved provider listbelow, 2) benchmark assessment(s) or tool(s) that provide progress monitoring and enhanced diagnostics in reading and/or progress monitoring in mathematics, 3) local benchmark assessment (s), especially if used in previous years, or 4) any combination of the three prior choices.
Benchmark Assessments and Assessment Literacy