Over the last 2 years I have found a few assessments that I use as benchmarks for my kiddos and I try to use them 3 times a year. Some things I assess much more frequently such as reading fluency, sight words, math skills, etc. but the following are my major benchmark scores that I use before progress reports and keep in their files. I have been really excited to share this post with you all because I really find these materials and resources extremely helpful and I hope your can find something that will be of use for you as well.
For math skills I use a website called ThatQuiz.
It assesses the major concepts, and computation in math. I love it because I can specify the skill, I don't have to print or grade it (which I LOVE), it times it without the kids knowing its doing so, and it tracks and graphs their scores. I choose/create the tests that each of my kiddos need and assign it to their class. Then come test day, I give each student a notecard with all of the test codes for the tests that they need to take and let them go. It does require a login but it is free to signup!
For reading in grades 2 - 8, I use a few different measures.
1. San Diego Quick Assessment: <-- That link will take you to the assessment which you can open, print, and use. I glued the 2 Student Material pages to the inside of a file folder and then laminated it. I then keep copies of the Record Form in the file so that I can easily and quickly assess a student when a teacher suggests I start working with them.
This is fairly common assessment which measures word recognition out of context. It is broken up into 13 grade level word lists and gives you a quick picture of which grade level a student can read an "out of context" word. This assessment takes less than 2 minutes.
2. Story Retell Assessment - The next assessment I use is a retell assessment. I use the form that I got from the Reading A-Z Tutors Program. This program requires a membership login and is something that I purchased for my classroom since I didn't have a reading program to use. So far I love it... but anyways... the Assessment form.
You can find a few out in the internet world but this is my favorite. I have a student read an entire grade level passage. I time it for 1 minute and make a note and that way I also get my Oral Reading Fluency score as well and I can kill 2 birds with 1 stone! But the retell checksheet assesses the ability to retell important information from the passage including sequence, characters, problem, and solution.
3. Writing Skills Checklist - You can get this checklist from the Read-Write-Think website. Get this specific rubric here.
I like this one because it is simple yet conclusive. I think it gives a lot of good information and I can use it for all grade levels. I also use story prompts for my benchmark data collections and I typically use ones from Funny & Fabulous Story Prompts which you can download from Scholastic's Teacher Express resource for $1.00 right now!! I highly recommend it! I also have students use a colored pen to make their revisions as well so I can see how their editing skills have progressed.
4. EasyCBM - This is a website that also requires a user login but you can get one for free. I use this to download comprehension assessments. I print the grade level passage and questions. The passages are a bit longer so I only use these for benchmarks. Each assessment has between 10 and 20 multiple choice questions.
For my first graders, I assess at the beginning and the end of the year using the RTI Assessments and Remediation for grade K- 2. You can also click the above link and download it for $1.00 right now from Scholastic Teacher Express.
If you prefer the actual book, you should be able to get it at any book store or order it from Amazon for $27.99. It's a great resource and has a lot of great activity and intervention ideas. I love the assessments for my first graders as well to track comprehension, writing, and grammar. I also use DIBELS skills assessments for those specific skills as well.
I hope that you found something useful and I'd love to hear how you think that one of these can help you in your classrooms.
Also, what assessment/goal tracking resources do you use?