Understanding test window requirements for the Benchmark Test and Reading Level Assessment (RLA)

The Benchmark Test and Reading Level Assessment (RLA) are administered during specific test windows throughout the school year. Depending on which test you want to administer and when you want to administer it, there are specific requirements for administering tests in relation to each other. In some cases, these requirements may prevent you from administering an assessment at a specific time. Keep these requirements in mind when scheduling the Benchmark Test or scheduling the Reading Level Assessment (RLA).

Test Window Requirements
The Placement Test, Benchmark Test, and Reading Level Assessment are independent of each other. This means that if a student completes their Placement Test on October 31 (at the end of Test Window 1), they can be eligible to take the Reading Level Assessment on December 1 (at the beginning of Test Window 2).
Once a student begins a Benchmark Test or Reading Level Assessment, they will have 28 days to complete it, even if they begin the test on the last day of the test window.

Ninety (90) days must pass between when a student starts one Benchmark Test and when they start the next one. Ninety (90) days must also pass between when a student starts one Reading Level Assessment (RLA) and when they start the next one.

For example, students who started their Beginning-of-Year test on October 31 (the last day of Test Window 1) will be eligible to take their Middle-of-Year test on January 31 (90 days after they began the Beginning-of-Year test).

Ninety-three (93) days must pass between when a student completes a Placement Test and when they start a Benchmark Test. This ensures that students don't receive both the Placement Test and Benchmark Test during the same test window.

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As long as a student takes their Placement Test before November 27, they will be eligible to take a Middle-of-Year test before Test Window 2 ends on February 28.

The 93-day Placement Test requirement starts when a student completes their Placement Test. The Benchmark Test 90-day requirement starts when a student begins their Benchmark Test.

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For consistency in classroom and group reporting, students who took a placement test or End of Year benchmark assessment in May or June using Imagine Learning's Embedded Assessments are eligible for a Beginning of Year benchmark assessment starting August 1. This can lead to a shortened period between assessments for some students beginning Imagine Language & Literacy during the summer months but ensures that most students in a classroom begin the year with a benchmark score. Students who take the Beginning of Year benchmark before their school is reset for the new school year should not be assessed again so long as their student account is reactivated with the same username and/or student ID.

The 90 and 93-day requirements are calculated to the hour. This means that if a student completed the Placement Test late in the day on November 27, they would not be eligible for a Middle-of-Year test until late in the day on February 28.

Imagine Learning's test window requirements are based on UTC time. Students can start a Middle-of-Year test on November 30 at around 5 pm MST because that is the same time as December 1 at midnight UTC time. This also means that the test window will close at around 5 pm MST on February 28.