Benchmark Assessments


Benchmark assessments are common assessments given periodically throughout the school year, at specified times. The assessments evaluate students' knowledge and skills relative to state and national standards. Benchmark assessments are used to inform instructional planning and differentiated instructional support for students.

Englewood School District provides Benchmark Assessments in the following subjects and grade levels:

  • Early literacy skills for grades kindergarten and first grade
  • Reading fluency for grades first through sixth
  • Reading comprehension for grades third through tenth
  • Mathematical skills for grades third through tenth
  • English language usage for grades seven through ten
  • Scientific investigations for grades seven through ten
  • Writing composition skills for grades kindergarten through twelve




 Assessment Summary

 ACT Aspire
Sept. 11 - Sept. 29
Nov. 27 -
Dec. 15

Feb. 5 -
Feb. 23

ACT Aspire assesses student readiness in English, math, reading, science, and writing. We will use this to measure student growth from grades 7-10 in the context of college and career readiness. Aspire exemplars:

(formerly Acuity)
Sept. 11 - Sept. 29
Nov. 27 -
Dec. 15

Feb. 5 -
Feb. 23
Engrade assesses student readiness in reading and math. We will use this to measure student growth in the elementary schools and in grades 6-8 at Englewood Leadership Academy in relation to college and career readiness standards.
Aug. 21 -
Sept. 1

Nov. 30 -
Dec. 15

Apr. 23 -
May 4
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade.
Sept.27-Oct. 4
CogAT measures verbal, non-verbal and quantitative skills at 2nd and 6th grade levels.
Writing Prompts
Q1 before
Oct. 13

Q2 before Dec. 15

Q3 before
Mar. 1

Q4 before
May 16
K-12 writing prompts are teacher created, aligned to units of instruction and to CCSS writing standards.