Understanding myON Benchmark Processing
Once a student completes the initial placement (Lexile®) test, a baseline Lexile® score will be established. Students are eligible for a benchmark 14 days after the last assessment. The Benchmark populates when the student has read and completed 5 books or has completed 3 hours total reading time. The Benchmark will appear after the quiz of the last book read, or a purple envelope will appear in the upper left-hand corner of the student dashboard to indicate that a benchmark assessment is available. The student clicks the envelope to start the assessment.
Once the student starts the benchmark test, the test must be completed during that sitting. Benchmark tests cannot be exited and restarted at a later date. As the student continues taking Benchmark assessments, parents and educators can track how the student is progressing in reading and comprehension skills; parents track this through the student portal, and educators track progress by running progress reports in myON. The system continues to track student performance through each benchmark assessment. Below is an example of the student portal display of the Lexile® and Benchmark assessments:
Basically, there are several programs that will measure reading ability and report in Lexiles. Some of these are native tests, which have been developed by MetaMetrics (like the ones in myON). Others are correlations, where the test instrument returns a non-Lexile® score but is mapped to a Lexile® level. The type of test and how it was delivered could impact the scores. Consider a high-stakes assessment where teachers are watching to make sure a student is focused. Now think about the tests in myON, where there isn't much pressure to focus and be correct on answers. Or consider a digitally deployed test versus a paper-and-pencil test. These different environments will create different types of test results regardless of the student ability.
myON works to resolve these differences by having a series of benchmarks after the initial placement exam. One test result will not give you an accurate picture of a student's reading ability – instead, the placement test plus ongoing benchmark assessments will be the most accurate view of the student’s ability over time.