Benchmark Literacy New Standards

Benchmark Literacy New Standards is a research-proven solution for districts that want a balanced literacy approach to meet the new standards. This state-of-the-art reading program empowers experienced teachers and guides beginning teachers.

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About the Program

Grades K-2
Grades 3-6
New Standards Reporting

What Is Benchmark Literacy?

Benchmark Literacy is a comprehensive, research-proven program that empowers teachers with tools for vertically aligned K-6 reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language instruction.

  • Builds foundational skills such as phonics, word study, and fluency
  • Scaffolds ALL students to access complex informational and literary texts
  • Guides students to use text evidence in close reading
  • Provides opportunities for students to develop collaborative conversations
  • Develops writers by teaching writing process and writing to sources

Comprehension-Focused Instruction

Benchmark Literacy supports the reading of complex informational and literary texts by providing vertically aligned comprehension instruction, focused around metacognitive and text-dependent comprehension strategies.

Readers may apply metacognitive strategies to ANY text they read, by visualizing, making connections, or asking themselves questions to increase their understanding; however, the content and organization of certain texts require readers to use specific text-dependent comprehension strategies.

Benchmark Literacy builds these strategies so that students can successfully navigate narrative, informational, and opinion/argument texts to analyze the content, learn new information, and develop a rich vocabulary.

Impressive Gains in Reading Achievement

Year after year, research has shown that classrooms using Benchmark Literacy are making greater gains in reading achievement than those that are not. Main Street Academix, an independent, third-party educational research company, says:

Impressive, rare, and admirable in the world of educational interventions. More impressive than the overall score improvements were that these gains in reading achievement generalized to students typically considered at educational risk.
2013 Report 2013 Research 2016 Report

Build strategies and apply them through close reading of text.

Unit Metacognitive Strategy Unit Comprehension Strategy K 1 2 3 4 5 6
Visualize Analyze Character      
Summarize & Synthesize Analyze Story Elements      
Determine Text Importance Compare & Contrast
Make Inferences Draw Conclusions
Make Connections Identify Cause & Effect
Ask Questions Identify Main Idea & Supporting Details
Determine Text Importance Identify Sequence of Events
Make Connections or Visualize Make Inferences
Make Inferences Make Predictions      
Fix-Up Monitoring Summarize Information  
Summarize & Synthesize Evaluate Author's Purpose        
Make Connections Distinguish & Evaluate Fact & Opinion      
Ask Questions Make Judgments        

Digital Resources Available on Benchmark Universe

Benchmark Universe provides access to your content, planning, and management tools for all of Benchmark Education's core and supplemental digital solutions. Students, teachers, and administrators can access the platform anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

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Professional Development

Benchmark Education Company provides research-proven professional development services to ensure that educators have the confidence they need to effectively implement Benchmark Literacy.

Our services include:

  • On-site product in service training
  • Customized job-embedded training and coaching
  • Train-the-Trainer sessions
  • Customized on-site training sessions
  • Web-based training sessions

Benchmark Literacy supports best-practices balanced literacy instruction with formal and observational assessment tools, professional development resources, and instructional tools in the toolkits for teachers, coaches, and administrators.

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