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http://benchmark.dallasisd.org
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Basic Information about the Benchmarks

Testing Calendar ....................................................................................... 1

Using Your Test Coordinator Manual......................................................... 2

Explanation of the Benchmarks................................................................. 3

2009-2010 Benchmark Updates................................................................ 4

Benchmark Concepts ................................................................................ 5

Test Security.............................................................................................. 6

Test Preparation

Scheduling................................................................................................. 8

Testing Materials........................................................................................ 9

Online Ordering.......................................................................................... 10

Elementary Teacher Headers.................................................................... 18

Elementary Student Answer Sheets.......................................................... 20


Directions for Test Administration

Administering the Benchmarks........................ ...

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Table of Contents   Page          Basic Information about the Benchmarks   Testing Calendar ....................................................................................... 1    Using Your Test Coordinator Manual......................................................... 2    Explanation of the Benchmarks ................................................................. 3    2009-2010 Benchmark Updates ................................................................ 4    Benchmark Concepts ................................................................................ 5    Test Security .............................................................................................. 6   
Test Preparation    Scheduling ................................................................................................. 8   Testing Materials........................................................................................ 9   Online Ordering.......................................................................................... 10   Elementary Teacher Headers .................................................................... 18   Elementary Student Answer Sheets .......................................................... 20   Directions for Test Administration   Administering the Benchmarks .................................................................. 24   Scanning .................................................................................................... 27   Testing Accommodations........................................................................... 28   Answer Sheet Bubbling ............................................................................. 29   Use of Reference Tools ............................................................................ 30   List of Elementary School Tests ................................................................ 31    Appendices.................................................................................................... 34
 
N/A
January 29
ACP [January] 
7-12
January 12-15
January 12-15
ACP [May] 
N/A
7-11
All Secondary Subjects
All Secondary Subjects
N/A
May 28 through June 1-3
May 28 through June 1-3
  
1-2 3-11
Writing Composition
BENCHMARK [January] 
N/A
Reading and Math
Revising & Editing
K-2 3 6 -
January 29
Reading, Math, Science, S. Studies
4 (only)
Within 24 hours of scanning
WRITING BENCHMARK [November] 
January 11-15
January 19-20
N/A
Math
November 2-4
(Scoring Completed  by November 13)
3-12
1-2
Reading and Math
Reading, Math, Science, S. Studies
BENCHMARK [October] 
Testing 
Subjects 
K
October 23
Within 24 hours of scanning
October 12-13
October 5-9
MyData 
Dates 
Period 
Assessments 
*For secondary schools (grades 7-11) ‘Reading’ represents 2 separate tests: o 1 for Reading o for English (Language Arts) 1  Note:In addition to the scanning dates listed, schools have the option to bring in their answer sheets  to scan on each day of testing. Answer sheets that are scanned by noon on Wednesday of the  testing week, can receive test results as early as Friday of the same week.
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Benchmark / ACP Testing Calendar 2009-2010  
Day 
  Using Your Test Coordinator Manual  This test coordinator manual is your point of reference for the benchmark tests scheduled during the 2009-2010 school year.  It includes the Local Assessment testing calendar, explanations of the benchmarks, and samples of the various forms and online tools required to facilitate the tests at your campus.  You are free to download additional copies of this manual and benchmark forms from our web site located at:http://benchmark.dallasisd.org. Links to this site are also available from the MyData Portal web site. Please be mindful that photocopies of answer sheets and headers made from this manual or the web sitewill notscan properly.  Any additional assistance or clarification needed beyond the scope of this manual should be forwarded directly to the Local Assessment Office. We look forward to working with you this during this school year.   Main number: (972) 925-4430 Email address:benchmark@dallasisd.org  Web site:http://benchmark.dallasisd.org            
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Explanation of the Benchmarks  Benchmark assessments are diagnostic tools that measure Dallas I.S.D. student performance on the TEKS objectives. These are designed to help inform instruction and promote student learning.  Benchmarks are criterion-referenced tests based on the curriculum outlined for the core subjects: English/Language Arts/ESL, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Students demonstrate their levels of mastery of different Student Expectations (SE) for these content areas at different times of the school year.  Benchmarks are not high stakes tests, yet they are still bound by expectations of test security to ensure the integrity of the final data. The benchmarks are created to be administered during one class period. Students must test during one sitting. These tests cannot be taken home nor should they be used as a study guide.  Acceptable student testing accommodations for the benchmarks are outlined within this manual. Please contact the Local Assessment Office regarding any other student needs that are not addressed.                    
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  2009-2010 Benchmark Updates  New designs and colors for the answer sheets and headers  Elementary header sheet isjade greenwith subjects for all grades  Grades K-3 answer sheet isdark teal  Grades 4-5 answer sheet iscattail brown 
K-2 online answer sheet entry officially launched  All K-2 teachers will enter their student scores online  No optional answer sheet printing  Training manual and video provided online  K-2updated to system and live on student rosters September 30  feature added to reassign teacher homeroom sections New (test coordinator level only)
Dyslexia Proper Nouns List created  grades K-8 only For  Downloadable fromhttp://benchmark.dallasisd.org  
Benchmark Solutions Manual -Analysis of Answers arrived at each answer choice or guessed how students  Clarifies 5, and 8, plus some other selected grades and tests grades 3,  For  Providedfor Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies  In PDF form from our web site - not printed at the classroom level                       3Sixty-two students signed up for the field day relay race activity. The students  will be split up to form seven teams. If the number of students on each team has to be e ual then how man students willNOT ate? articibe able to A used the wrong multiple of 7 : 49 instead of 56 13 students  B the number of  foundteams because 62 ÷ 7 = 8 r 68 students  C correct6 students– found the remainder of 62 ÷  D1 student 62 is only 1 away from 63, which is a multiple of 7
Grades 1 and 2 added to the November Writing Benchmarks.
Grade 6 Math Pre-AP test added for 6th grade students on middle school campuses.
Spanish Grade 4 Math test eliminated for 2009-2010. All Spanish Grade 6 subjects will be eliminated from the January Benchmark.
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  Benchmark Concepts  Please consider the following reminders as you administer the benchmark and review the results:   
Benchmarks ARE intended to:
Identify gaps in understanding
Identify concepts for staff development
Ensure fidelity to scope and sequence
Focus on instruction
Identifying students needing additional help
Reallocate resources
   Benchmarks ARE NOT intended to:
Rate and rank teachers
Rate and rank schools
Evaluate Teachers
Entered as grades for students
Measure growth
Summarize student knowledge
 
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Test Security  Theexpectation testing security involves the ability to account for all of materials before, during, and after testing. Ethical test practices must be followed at all times. The confidentiality of test questions and answers are principal in maintaining the integrity and validity of the tests.  Theimportanceof testing security is critical for making valid inferences on student performances. It also ensures a means for giving accurate measures of students’ abilities, timely adjustments in instruction, and intervention.  Thetesting environment be a quiet, well-lit, ventilated, and should suitable location. Each student must have adequate working space. Functioning pencil sharpeners, erasers, and extra pencils should be available resources, if required.  Benchmarksare not timed tests. They designed to be completedwithin a regular class period.  Benchmarksare not secure tests. However, the test booklets cannot be made available in any format for students to review and study, until all of the tests are administered and the results are scored. This includes photocopies and any form of discussions or oral exams.  A final measure to support the district’s goals for ensuring the validity and integrity of test data, isinforming teachers not to review their students with benchmarks from previous school years.           
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Before the test
During the test  After the test    
Before the test
During the test  
After the test
  
 
Test Security co nt.
THINGS TO DO  - Make arrangements to avoid any disruptions during testing. - Be mindful of what grades and subjects have administrator manuals. - Become familiar with the test directions in the administrator manuals. - Be certain that students know how to mark their answers. - Encourage students to do their best on the test. - Encourage students to attempt to answer every item on the test.   - Circulate among students to ensure proper testing procedures are followed.  - Follow the directions written in the Administrator Manual (K-1 only).  Answer questions only about the test item directions. -  - Collect all student answer sheets from your teachers and keep them in a  secured area, until they are scanned at the Local Assessment office.  
THINGS NOT TO DO  - Do not read test questions out loud or use them for any type of study. - Do not allow students to take the benchmark test booklets home. - Do not review with the current benchmarks before the testing period. - Teachers should not review with old benchmarks from previous school years.   - Do not leave students unsupervised during testing. - Do not offer hints that indicate answers or help eliminate answer choices. - Do not discuss correct answers during the testing period. - Do not allow students to be disruptive or to distract each other. - Do not have students linger over the test for several hours. - Do not leave room displays within view that give clues to test answers.   - Do not alter answer sheets after the testing has completed.
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Scheduling
 
 
 
  
Preparing to Administer the Benchmarks  
 the testing calendar well in advance. Make note of the testing Consult period window, scanning times, and when the results are posted.
 
 
 
 
 
The primary channel for information regarding updates, scanning, FYI’s, etc., will be email. Reminder memos will also be sent to your campus mailbox. Please ensure that your current email address is updated and that your phone extensions are programmed to accept voice mails. Please report any test coordinator changes immediately.
The Local Assessment office scans all of the student answer sheets for the grades tested. As a result, a scanning schedule must be created to adequately process results for all Dallas I.S.D. schools. Campuses that finish before the end of the testing window may call to schedule appointments to scan early. Campuses may also test before the testing window begins to allot for more time and make-ups.
Ensure that all of your teachers have access to the MyData Portal web site. The K-2 online answer sheet entry system is driven by this log in information. Accessg/ordamy/tah://pttps.ladroatsi.dllsa to download applications for new accounts, verify your campus account manager, and reset passwords.
Training for the K-2 online answer sheets will be available to your teachers in the form of a brief, online video and a written manual. These two items will be made available 2 weeks before the benchmark testing window begins.
Contact the Local Assessment office as early as possible for any assistance.       
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Testing materials
  Preparing to Administer the Benchmarks cont.  
  the number of students requiring Spanish and large-print tests. Verify   adjustments immediately. Make    Usethe online ordering system to order any additional Benchmark tests.   Use the elementary benchmark tests order form to request large-print tests. (SeeFormson Page 34).  
 
 
   
  
 
Below are the testing materials shipped for the benchmarks: { Test booklets{ Administrator manuals∗∗∗  { Student answer sheets{ Blank answer/header sheets { Teacher header sheets{ Packing slip of contents shipped  Make arrangements for receiving and storing the testing materials shipped to your campus with concern to: {  How will you be alerted of the deliveries? {  What location will be designated to store the boxes? {  Who will sign the delivery slips for the testing materials?  Only use No. 2 pencils with the answer sheets and teacher headers.
Alert your teachers to discard all answer sheets and headers from last year to avoid scanning problems.
Avoid waiting until the last minute to review and distribute your testing materials.
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