Benchmark 1 Training West Hoke Elementary School

We are at our first 9 weeks Benchmark window for our 3-5 students and our K-2 students. I wanted to provide you with a few reminders for the upcoming testing windows.

Wednesday, november 1, 2017- math

Thursday, november 2, 2017- Reading

friday, november 3, 2017- science

monday, november 6, 2017- 3-5 Make-Ups

Tuesday, November 7, 2017- 3-5 make-ups

K-2 Testing Dates

  • Monday, November 6, 2017- 2nd Grade Reading
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017- Kindergarten Math, 1st Grade Math, 2nd Grade Reading
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017- Kindergarten Math, 1st Grade Math, 2nd Grade Math
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017- Kindergarten Math, 1st Grade Math, 2nd Grade Math
  • Friday, November 10, 2017- Make-Ups

Regular schedule during k-2 benchmarks!!!

Make sure you adhere to the times for test day!!

6:30 - 7:15 Administrators can pick up materials

8:00 - Proctors assist w/bathroom breaks

In the event proctors aren't there to assist students with the bathroom, make sure you lock up your materials or take the bin with you as you escort students.

8:05 - Post testing sign on door

8:30 - Begin testing

An announcement will be made to begin testing. Don't begin testing until you hear the announcement. Please call the office if you have any questions.

What will teacher's receive????

Test Materials include the following: Student Booklets, Pencils, Blank Paper, Review of Accommodations (small group administrators), Answer Sheets, Manuals, Student Roster, Paper Clips, Overflow Roster (3-5), and an Absent Form

More Reminders

  1. For 3-5 Benchmarks, students will be given up to 4 hours to test.
  2. For K-2, the time is at the teacher’s discretion.
  3. Displays of tested material must be either covered or removed during testing.
  4. Tested material must not be reviewed on the day of the test.
  5. Test materials can’t be copied for instructional use.
  6. Materials can’t be left unoccupied by the administrator.
  7. Seating must be arranged to discourage students from sharing responses.

During Testing

Once testing begins, write the start time, time for testing, and break time on the board. Teachers, make sure you are walking around and vigilant during testing. Make sure students are lining up their answer sheet with the booklet and that they don't skip any questions. Hopefully, you have reviewed your expectations of how students are to use their time wisely during testing and even when they finish.

After Testing

After testing, collect all materials. Separate blank paper from used paper (paper clip), alphabetize answer sheets and test booklets. Check to make sure bubbles are filled in correctly. Make sure to separate absent students from the pile and place their answer sheet inside of the booklets. Hold on to pencils until the last day of testing.

Testing Layout

3-5 Reading Benchmark-Paper & Pencil

3-5 Math & Science Benchmark-Online (School Net)

K-2 Math Benchmark-Paper & Pencil

2nd Grade Reading Benchmark-Paper & Pencil

Reading Benchmark is one day, Math Benchmark is one day (Inactive and Active). Reading and Math Benchmarks will have 180 minutes (3 hours) and up to 240 minutes (4 hours) with two 3 minute breaks. The Science Benchmark will be 90 minutes in length and up to 240 minutes (4 hours).

Sample Time for Testing Sheet (Reading)


8:45 Start Time


9:45 1st break


+01 Directions

9:49 Start Time


10:49 2nd break


+01 Directions

10:53 Start Time


11:53 Stop

Online Advice

3-5 expectations

Staple blank pieces of paper together and have the students use the scratch paper to show their work by numbering the problems and only writing the math numbers on the scratch paper and then working out the problems.

Students will have access to the online calculator as well as the hand held calculator. Make sure students are having ample practice with the calculators.

Revisit with the students their expectations of the online assessment. This is very important for both the teacher and the students. Expectations need to be clear and concise. The highlighter tool is not available for the online Math Benchmark.

Teachers sharing strategies, giving cues or guiding the students to the answers during the benchmark ARE NOT ALLOWED! This is a benchmark to help teachers know who needs more assistance with various skills/standards. Model good testing behaviors and set a good testing environment.

K-2 Expectations

2nd grade students WILL be able to use manipulatives on the 1st Math benchmark. These manipulatives cannot be a hundreds board or a calculator, but it can be anything else you have used with the students to solve math problems during this 9 weeks. Students will not be able to use manipulatives during the 2nd and 3rd 9 weeks benchmarks.

Teachers are allowed to read the items to the students as many times as needed. Teachers ARE NOT allowed to paraphrase. All questions must be read exactly as they are written. Teachers MUST NOT teach the vocabulary meaning during the assessment or reword the vocabulary in the assessment items. For example, if the word is quadrilateral, teachers should read this word just as it is stated in the assessment items. They should not say “The four sided shape.”

K-1 Scoring

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - Thursday, November 9, 2017

K-1 Scoring will take place in Room 309 during the respective grade level's planning period. Teachers will report to the site and score tests for up to 45 minutes before reporting back to class. Teachers will use the following schedule for scoring tests:

Weimer will score Kaylor
Kaylor will score Whitehead
Whitehead will score Weimer
Shepard will score Podlusky
C. Smith will score Shepard
Podlusky will score C. Smith
Overflow Procedures

In order to determine if overflow is necessary, teachers need to call the front office.

If students need time after that 3rd hour provisions will be made for students to complete the test in a separate location. After 180 minutes, test administrators will stop testing, call the front office and wait for instructions. Depending on the amount of students still testing, the class will either resume testing or go to lunch. If overflow is necessary, teachers will pack up materials, ALL students will go to lunch and then upon returning to the class, overflow students will be escorted to the overflow location by the overflow administrator.

Teachers, make sure you complete the overflow form for any students needing additional time. The testing coordinator will separate the materials and redistribute them to the overflow administrator. We will use the following locations for overflow:

5th Grade- Media Center (Elkins)
4th Grade- Room 306 (Graham)
3rd Grade- Room 301 (Leach)

Test administrators are responsible for paper clipping students’ test books for the following instances:

Calculator Active

Paper Clip before Students Begin Calculator Active Section: When students complete the calculator inactive part of the Mathematics test, the test administrator must paperclip the students’ test books so they cannot return to previously attempted questions.

Paper Clip for Lunch Breaks: In rare cases in which students must leave the testing area for lunch, the test administrator must alert students they have five minutes remaining before the lunch break. Students must be told that their test books will be paper clipped so they cannot return to previously attempted questions

Lunch Time

Modified Lunch Schedule

McArthur 10:30-11:00

Locklear 10:35-11:05

Wells 10:40-11:10

McCorquodale 10:45-11:15

Shepard 10:45 -11:15

Podlusky 10:50 -11:20

C. Smith 10:55 -11:25

Kaylor 11:00-11:30

Weimer 11:05-11:35

Whitehead 11:10-11:40

P. Smith 11:15-11:40

Davis 11:15-11:45

Sandberg 11:20-11:50

Starting at 11:25, lunch will be decided by classes completing their benchmark tests
Other Reminders
  • Test administrators must remain attentive to their testing responsibilities throughout the entire test administration. (Reading, grading papers using a computer, cell phone, or other electronic device, talking casually with a proctor or other staff, or engaging in any activity in the testing room not directly related to the administration is NOT allowed.
  • Personal cell phones must not be used during the test administration.
  • The test administrator must monitor the test administration by walking frequently and quietly throughout the room and scanning the students’ work areas to ensure students follow the test directions, do not share responses, and accommodations are provided.
  • Test administrators are not allowed to read test questions from students’ test books.
  • Test administrators cannot indicate answers to students.
  • Test administrators cannot help students.

Prohibited Items

Electronic devices - ANY PERSON FOUND OR OBSERVED WITH A CELL PHONE/ELECTRONIC DEVICE DURING TESTING TIME MUST BE DISMISSED FROM TESTING AND A MISADMINISTRATION DECLARED (Including Adults). No one may eat or drink in the testing room at any part during the test.
Testing Irregularities

Examples include: Eligible students weren’t tested, ineligible students were tested, an accommodation was/wasn’t provided, test materials are missing, materials weren’t stored, copies of test made available to others, test administrator left room unmonitored when students and secure materials were present, students cheating, student responses were altered, test directions were omitted, or test was not administered on the test date or during the testing window.

Don't go outside while I am testing!!!
Once testing is complete, an announcement will be made that testing is complete. Students can then resume outside activities.

Any Questions????

Speak now, or forever hold your peace!!!

Thank You!!!


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