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What is Benchmark?

The Read To Achieve performance expectations are that at least 65 percent of students who complete the one-year instructional cycle of the intensive reading program will:
  1. Reach their Achievement goals; or
  2. Reach their Benchmark goals, demonstrating that they are on pace to achieving grade-level proficiency on the state assessment in reading.
Benchmark and Achievement Goals

Kindergarten PSF NWF ORF
Benchmark Goal 35 Not applicable Not applicable
Achievement Goal 54


First Grade PSF NWF ORF
Benchmark Goal 35 50 40
Achievement Goal 60 83 74


Second Grade PSF NWF ORF
Benchmark Goal Not applicable Not applicable 90
Achievement Goal 111


Third Grade PSF NWF ORF
Benchmark Goal Not applicable Not applicable 110
Achievement Goal 125

More Information on Benchmark

As you all know, in order to be eligible for subsequent funding, 65 percent of the students in your RTA programs must be at or above Benchmark by the end of the year. But what does it mean to be "at Benchmark?"

According to Dr. Roland Good, the co-creator of DIBELS, once students are at Benchmark, they are merely "OK." They are at low risk of having significant difficulties with reading. If students are reading at Benchmark, they are only reading at the fortieth percentile. There is still a risk of reading difficulties.

Please submit the following test scores into our data collection tool:

Kindergarten: Phoneme Segmentation Fluency (PSF) only
First Grade: PSF and Nonsense Word Fluency (NWF). We will also collect Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) scores, but we will not count these scores towards the 65 percent Benchmark total.
Second Grade: ORF only
Third Grade: ORF only

Please Note: This does not mean that you cannot give other DIBELS assessments to your RTA students for the purposes of progress monitoring. We encourage you to use the assessments that work best for your program.

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