This article does not apply to students taking the NWEA™ MAP® Growth Assessment.
The first time PreK-2 students log in to Imagine Math, they see an introductory lesson that explains how Imagine Math PreK-2 works and then they see their first lesson for their rostered grade level. After non-NWEA™ PreK-2 students complete these initial lessons, they automatically receive the Imagine Math Benchmark test. Recognizing the screens and notifications your students see will help you monitor when students start a Benchmark, answer different question types, and complete the test.
After students complete the Benchmark test, you can view student results. Test results can take up to three hours to appear. If a student receives a Benchmark score that doesn't seem appropriate for their skill level, School Administrators and Teachers can reassign the test and have the student retake it.
Students should not receive any assistance while taking the Imagine Math Benchmark. Helping students during the Benchmark can cause students to be placed incorrectly in the curriculum (in lessons that are too difficult for them).
Starting the Imagine Math PreK-2 Benchmark test
Students start the Benchmark test by clicking the Home icon in the middle of the map. When a Benchmark test is waiting for a student, the Home icon is the only icon available for students to click.
The Benchmark test looks and sounds like the lessons students see in Imagine Math PreK-2, except that students receive neutral feedback while they work on the test (instead of the instructional feedback they receive during lessons). Students see a Test in Progress message at the top of their screen while they work on the Benchmark.
Students who have their Support Language set to Spanish see an Examen en Curso message.
Understanding the Benchmark sub-tests
The Benchmark test adapts to each student's skill level, beginning with questions that are appropriate for the student's rostered grade level. The test includes different question types from these three different sub-tests.
- Counting, Cardinality, and Numbers in Base 10
- Addition and Subtraction
- Geometry, Measurement, and Data
After students complete questions from one Benchmark sub-test, they are returned to the map where they must click the Home icon to start the next sub-test.
These are some example question types that students may encounter.
Counting, Cardinality, and Numbers in Base 10 question type
Students drag the numbers at the bottom of the screen to the path to create the correct number sequence.
Addition and Subtraction question type
Students hear an addition problem and then create the number sequence for that problem and calculate the correct answer.
Geometry, Measurement, and Data question type
Students drag the ruler to the shape to measure it and record their answer.
Finishing the Benchmark test
After students finish the Benchmark, they return to the map where they can click on any active icon to continue working in Imagine Math.