Before students take the Imagine Math Benchmark Test, Administrators and Teachers should understand what the Benchmark Test measures, how the test is structured, and when the test should be administered. Once you understand how the Benchmark Test works and how students experience the Benchmark Test, you're ready to administer the Benchmark Test. After testing, you can review student test results.
When the Benchmark Test is administered
PreK-2 students automatically receive an Imagine Math Benchmark Test after completing an introductory lesson and the first lesson for their rostered grade level. The Benchmark Test 2 and 3 are not mandatory and must be assigned by a School Administrator or Teacher.
Imagine Learning recommends that you administer each Benchmark Test at least 90 days apart.
What the Benchmark Test measures
The Benchmark Test is a series of assessments administered throughout the school year that show evidence of student growth over time. Administrators and Teachers can compare the latest student Benchmark Test results with previous Benchmark Test results. Imagine Math also uses Benchmark Test results to refine where your students are placed in Imagine Math. The Benchmark Test determines students' proficiency in these skill areas:
- Counting, Cardinality, and Numbers in Base 10
- Addition and Subtraction
- Geometry, Measurement, and Data
How the Benchmark Test is structured
When students begin the Benchmark Test, they initially receive test questions that are appropriate for their rostered grade level. The Benchmark Test looks and sounds like lessons in Imagine Math PreK-2, but they receive neutral feedback (instead of the instructional feedback they receive during lessons) while they work on the test. As students work through the Benchmark Test, it adapts to their skill level, which means the students in your class will see test questions that vary. Because the Benchmark Test adapts to the student's skill level, student performance determines the level of difficulty of the test questions that they see.