The Benchmark Advance website offers such a strong assessments component that can give you detailed and specific data to help guide your instruction. In this post, you’ll learn how to do the following on the Benchmark Universe website:
– assign tests
– grade constructed student responses
– generate reports by breakdown of: standards, students, topics, skills, questions
– find class averages for entire tests AND averages for each question on the test
– batch print student results
– create small groups for specific needs based on test data
Step 1: Assigning Tests
To assign materials, including tests, you’ll first log into your Dashboard. Filter by grade level, unit, week, and then category. Click on Assessments to find the test for that week. Once the icon appears, look at the right hand column of your screen and find the tab that says Assignments. Click on that, and then a drop down box with options will appear. Give your assignment a title, for example, Unit 4 Week 1 Test, and then drag the test icon into the Materials Assigned box. Afterwards, you’ll be given the option to type directions, select students to assign it to, and configure start and due date in which you’d like the test to be made available to your students. When you’re done, click Save. The test will now be assigned to your class and when your students log on, they can find it under their yellow Assignments icon on their dashboard. They will click on the test, click on the purple book, and may have to allow pop-ups before the test actually opens.
Step 2: Grading Constructed Responses
When your students have completed their test and submitted it, it will be sent to you for reviewing. Their final scores WILL NOT yet appear in your reports if there is a written response you need to grade on their test. To grade students’ constructed responses, look on your dashboard for the Reports icon and click on it. You may have to allow pop-ups for this to open. Once you’re in Reports, click on the middle icon up at the top that says Online Testing. Directly underneath, you’ll see a blue button that says Review/Grade Online Tests. Anything that needs to be graded by you will show up as a list on the next screen. Click on the blue Review button and you’ll be able to assign scores/grades to each response. After you’ve graded every response for every child, the data will generate and appear in your reports.
Step 3: Generating TONS of Reports
Now that you have some data from your students, you can generate several different reports that will provide you with valuable insights. You’ll be able to find percentage breakdowns and class averages. Start on your dashboard and click on Reports. Then click on Dashboard (within Reports) and you will see the different tests you’ve assigned your students. To see the data and generate reports, drag the test into the white space below it. A box will appear with a colored graph of basic results of the test. At the bottom of this box, you’ll see little colored circle icons. These are the different reports you can run.
The first green icon is Student Results, which will give you overall percentages by student. The purple icon is Item Analysis, which breaks it does a little more specifically: by standard, topic, question type, etc. The red icon is Class Diagnostic, which will show you what your class needs more help with and what you may need to reteach. This also has specific breakdowns (standards, topic, etc.). The yellow icon is Custom Reports, which will generate percentages and bar graphs for whatever report type you need. It gives you the option to filter by one or two groupings (student, standard, topic, gender, and many other options). The last blue icon is Grouping. This feature allows you to create small groups based on specific categories or data sets. You can select the number of groups that you’d like and then tell it to create groups based on standard needs, topic, and a variety of other categories.
Step 4: Batch Print Student Data
Now that you have all these fabulous reports, you may want to print them out to refer to or to present to parents, colleagues, etc. The Benchmark website gives you the option to batch print student data so that you don’t have to go in and print each individual students’ results. Start on your dashboard and click on Reports. Click on your dashboard and then find Student History up at the top of the page in the blue section. A list of your students will appear; click on one student. Their results will show up in the white box. At the top of that white box, you’ll see a button that says Print. Click on that and a dropdown list will appear. Click on Batch Print Class. It may look like nothing has happened after you click that. Navigate to the top of the screen and find the little PDF icon. Click on that and a window will appear that will allow you to send the job to your printer.
If you’re a visual learner like me, you probably need to see what this actually looks like. To see all of this in action, click here to watch my video that walks you through these steps. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me! Good luck!