Scheduling the Benchmark Test

The Beginning Benchmark Test is scheduled differently than the Middle and End Benchmark Tests. Consideration of these differences, and deliberate timing, can help schools organize administration dates that best align with schedules and needs. Below are details regarding scheduling scenarios for the Beginning and Middle/End administration windows.

Beginning Benchmark Test (Available August 1–October 31)

  • Not available to first-year Imagine Language & Literacy students (those students take the Placement Test). 
  • Enabled by default and cannot be disabled for students in their second or later year of Imagine Language & Literacy usage (returning students). 
  • Delivered to returning students at first log-in of the school year, assuming log-in occurs in the Beginning test window.
  • Must be completed within 21 days of a student beginning the test.
    • As long as a student begins the Beginning Benchmark Test within the test window, 21 days are allowed for completion, even if the end of the 21 days goes beyond the test window.
    • This allowance ensures that results accurately show a student’s ability at a single point in time.
  • Not delivered to returning students whose first log-in of a year is after the Beginning test window. 
  • Delivered before the Beginning Reading Level Assessment (RLA) (assuming the Beginning RLA is enabled). Recommendation: Ensure the collection of baseline data by starting students on the program during the first administration window. 

Middle and End Benchmark Tests (Available December 1–February 28; April 1–June 30): 

  • Timing of delivery for the Middle and End Benchmark Tests is affected by the following two factors: 
    • At least 90 days must have passed since a student’s Placement Test or last Benchmark Test administration. 
    • If a student is in an activity when the Middle or End Benchmark Test becomes available, the test will begin when the student completes the activity (assuming the activity is completed within the administration window). 
  • If enabled before the test administration window, the Middle and End Benchmark Tests are delivered to students the first time they log in during the respective administration window 
  • If enabled during the test administration window, the test is delivered to students the next time they log in during the window. 
  • Must be completed within 21 days of a student beginning the test.
    • As long as a student begins the Middle or End Benchmark Test within the test window, 21 days are allowed for completion, even if the end of the 21 days goes beyond the test window. This is to ensure that results accurately show a student’s ability at a single point in time. 
  • If the Middle and End RLA are enabled, the Middle and End Benchmark Tests will be delivered before the corresponding RLA.

The Benchmark Tests can be administered once, twice, or three times per year. Assessment administration windows, default enablement statuses, and information regarding changing enablement status are provided in the table below.

Administration Window Dates Default Enablement Changing Enablement Status
Beginning August 1 - October 21 Enabled Cannot be disabled for returning students
Middle August 1 - October 31 Enabled Administrators at the organizational level can change enablement status
End April 1 - June 30 Enabled Administrators at the organizational level can change enablement status

Students new to Imagine Language & Literacy can be administered the Middle and End Benchmark Tests. These students cannot be administered the Beginning Benchmark Test, as they will take the Placement Test during the Beginning window. Students in their second or later year of Imagine Language & Literacy, users who log in to Imagine Language & Literacy in the Beginning administration window will be administered the Beginning Benchmark Test in their first session of the year. All students can be administered the Middle and/or End Benchmark Tests in those administration windows. Within the Middle and End administration windows, specific delivery dates can be managed at the organizational level.