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# General Benchmark FAQs in Imagine Math Grades 3+

## How long are the Benchmark Assessments?

Each of the three benchmark assessments have been constructed to be taken within a single class sitting. The tests contains 30 multiple choice questions each. Generally, students should take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete an assessment.

Both Placement & Benchmark Assessments consist of approximately 30 items.

## How can I invalidate my student's Benchmark 1 Test results?

Imagine Math discourages invalidating Benchmark 1 test scores. While we share your mission to encourage students to learn math, we also acknowledge that test validity is compromised by allowing students to retake any test. These assessments use the Quantile® Framework for Mathematics to provide an objective measure of each student’s ability level and readiness to learn new math skills and concepts. Please remember, the adaptive Benchmark 1 test is the starting point for your students and benchmarks are in place to demonstrate changes in their proficiency over time.

Also, Imagine Math utilizes a dynamic system that will adapt to your students’ math proficiency. If they do not pass a lesson, they will be scheduled to retake that lesson and/or will be assigned remediation to help build comprehension to that math concept. Imagine Math provides this strategy in an effort to help build proficiency and comprehension of the lesson concepts.

Educators can contact their Imagine Learning Customer Success Manager to discuss Benchmark 1 Test Invalidation.

## Is the Benchmark Test the same for all students?

Imagine Math's benchmark tests are based on the student's nominal grade level and the time of year in which they take the test.

The benchmark tests will adapt based on the student's response on the test items.  This process allows Imagine Math Benchmark Tests to produce a Quantile Measure and Performance Level based on the individual student's abilities within the program.

## Can a student pause the Benchmark Test?

If students do not complete the benchmark test within a class sitting, the next time students log in to Imagine Math, they will automatically return to the benchmark test to complete it. Once students begin a benchmark test, they are required to complete the test in its entirety before continuing to work on lessons in Imagine Math. Test progress is preserved, so students will resume the benchmark test where they left off.

For those students who do not complete the benchmark test in a single class sitting, we recommend that you discourage them from using Imagine Math until the next class sitting, or until such time when you can provide proper oversight for completing the test.

## How many Benchmark Tests are there in Imagine Math?

Imagine Math provides the initial Benchmark 1 Test automatically when students first log in to their account. Imagine Math also provides two (2) subsequent Benchmark Tests (2 and 3) throughout the school year which is applied by the educator.

## Can the initial benchmark be disabled?

Imagine Math requires that all students complete the initial Benchmark 1 to determine the level of precursory remediation a student may or may not need. Students will complete the Benchmark 1 only once.

The Benchmark 1 also produces the Quantile Measure, Performance Level, Normal Curve Equivalency, and Percentile Rank.

## What does "EM" stand for within the Quantile Measure Assessment?

Emerging Mathematician (EM): Measures below 0Q are reported as EM---Q (e.g., a Quantile measure of -120 is reported as EM120Q) where “EM” stands for “Emerging Mathematician” and replaces the negative sign in the number. This code is predominantly seen for material and student measures at the early grade levels.

## What happens if a student is absent on the day of the benchmark test?

Students who are absent on the day of the benchmark test can still take the benchmark test at a later date. As a teacher or school administrator, neither the classroom benchmark date set by you nor the district benchmark period set by your district administrator prohibit you from administering the benchmark test. If students are absent the day of the benchmark test, simply do not assign them the benchmark test in the Benchmark Roster. Instead, plan to administer the benchmark test under your supervision when the students have returned to class.