Your school/district is administering CASE Benchmark Assessments. These assessments are developed by veteran educators. Teachers who administer CASE Benchmark Assessments like the fact that our questions are comparable to state test questions and that our reports provide data to target instruction. We want you to have a great experience using our assessments. If there is anything that we can do to help you in this administration, please contact us.
How are CASE Benchmark Assessments questions developed?
CASE curriculum directors, all former teachers, study state-released tests, Common Core Standards, and all other state curriculum standards, along with district checklists (if available) or CASE Pacing Guides to ensure that our questions reflect the state assessments. Questions then are submitted for multiple content and grammar quality checks before they are placed on a benchmark assessment.
What value are the CASE Benchmark Assessments to teachers?
Teachers say that our assessments help them identify particular areas of need for students and supports that they are teaching what the state is testing. For administrators, our assessments ensure classroom alignment and pacing and provide them with grade and subject reports.
How many questions are on a CASE Benchmark Assessment?
The number of questions varies from 30 to as many as 70. First, second, and third quarter benchmarks typically have from 30 to 45 questions. Comprehensive final benchmarks typically have from 40 to 60 questions. The specific numbers are available on this website (Length of Assessments). CASE Benchmark Assessments provides cumulative assessments that cover competencies that teachers cover for a specified time period. We also have comprehensive assessments and practice state tests that measure the competencies that are covered in a year.
How similar are CASE Benchmark Assessments to state tests?
CASE questions are tightly aligned with state standards/indicators and the overall difficulty level of our assessments mirrors state tests. Just like on the state tests, every objective is not measured by a CASE Benchmark Assessment, however we align our assessments to similar content percentages as state tests.
How much class time does it take to give a CASE Benchmark Assessment?
As teachers and principals, we know that scheduling is a big issue in schools so most of our benchmark assessments are designed to be administered during one class period. The comprehensive assessments are longer and take more time so schedules will likely have to shift for those administrations.
How long does it take to get the reports back after the assessments are given?
CASE provides data reports to the school within 48 hours after the answer documents are provided to us.
What information is in the reports?
CASE Benchmark Assessments' reports provide class, school, and district data on overall projected achievement level and scale score, suggested grades for students (100 pt. scale), thinking skills, curriculum units or standards, percent correct, and reading standards and genres.
How can I learn more about CASE Benchmark Assessments?
Please continue to browse our website or submit your question to info@TE21.com
Why do CASE Language Arts benchmark assessments not follow pacing guides?
Following a district pacing in language arts would result in a test that is repetitive and gives a very limited picture of student progress. Pacing guides prevent many objectives from being assessed resulting in an incomplete analysis of students’ skills. A variety of passages/selections have much to offer—using all competencies and objectives gives more authentic and useful data. Because the language arts curriculum is unique in that it is essentially the same from year to year, the foundation of skills and concepts can be used to delve into more difficult texts and require students to answer more rigorous items.
How can teachers ensure that they have taught all that is covered by the CASE Benchmark Assessments?
CASE benchmarks focus on the foundation of language arts skills that students continually acquire as they progress through the grades. New skills from the current grade are gradually assessed on benchmarks—items that are new to the curriculum for that year will be divided and assessed as the year progresses. Teachers are not expected to have taught everything on the benchmark, but the students will have learned the majority of the skills and concepts covered on the benchmarks in prior years of language arts..
Why are CASE Language Arts Assessments “comprehensive” rather than measuring what has been taught during a 9‐week period?
By nature, the language arts curriculum is a continual, spiraling foundation in which the skills cannot be taught in isolation. Therefore, the language arts benchmarks will focus on that foundation—using increasing text difficulty, students will draw from the skills learned in earlier grades to take each benchmark. All benchmarks will be comprehensive and align with the skills assessed on state tests. The benchmark reports will provide teachers, students, schools, and districts with accurate pictures of the students’ progress in the language arts curriculum at benchmark points during the school year.
How is text complexity determined?
We believe in a balance between qualitative and quantitative measurements. We use Lexile levels as a quantitative measure of text complexity by considering the suggested ranges for each grade level. However, we also measure text complexity through a qualitative process. This involves the text being read by attentive readers who are grade-level experts and analyzed from the perspective of grade-level appropriateness. The selections on each benchmark will cover a range of difficulty levels.
Which standards (objectives/indicators) will be covered on our district’s assessments each round?
You tell us! CASE Benchmark Assessments are customized to meet your school district’s needs. Simply complete a Content Checklist which informs each curriculum director exactly which standards to assess on each test. Or, use our suggested Content Checklist based on the CASE Pacing Guide for each course. With that information, our curriculum directors will determine the weight of each standard by balancing your state’s assessment guidelines and the necessary data requirements for our reports to give the most accurate reflection of each student’s achievement level for a given standard.