Benchmark Literacy

Posted: Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:26am Updated: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 2:56pm

Program Description

Benchmark Literacy is a comprehensive program organized into ten three-week comprehension-focused units that include whole-to-small group instruction of a metacognitive strategy with a connected comprehension strategy. Over time, students integrate both strategies and understand how they support each other as they apply these strategies in multiple contexts. Instruction in Benchmark Literacy develops students who think about thinking and can negotiate complex nonfiction and fiction texts across a variety of genres.

Status as a Core Reading Program

Benchmark Literacy is approved with reservations as a core reading program in grades K-6. The program consistently meets or exceeds expectations in grades 1-6, but only partially meets expectations in grade K.

Results of Review

The full rubrics with reviewer comments can be downloaded by clicking on the link in the "Final Determination and Rubric" column. Points were awarded based on the following scale and assigned to each item under review.

  • 2 - exceeds expectations
  • 1 - meets expectations
  • 0 - does not meet expectations

In the table below, the number before the slash indicates the total number of points granted for a category. The number after the slash represents the number of points possible on each section. In order to meet expectations, a grade level must receive at least half of the points for the total score and no less than 45 percent of the points in each of the five components of scientifically-based reading research: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. A key for interpreting the category titles can be found below the table.

Grade ID PA P F V C INCC IAS M&E A PD Total Score Final Determination and Rubric Publisher Comments
Grade K 35/74 5/56 6/56 14/30 27/58 30/58 Yes N/A 4/8 3/6 5/10 129/356 Does not meet expectations Comments
Grade 1 52/74 29/46 49/80 33/58 33/70 36/72 Yes N/A 4/8 3/6 5/10 244/424 Meets or excceds expectations Comments
Grade 2 62/74 N/A 48/70 46/56 53/72 68/72 Yes Yes 8/8 6/6 8/10 299/368 Meets or exceeds expectations Comments
Grade 3 45/74 N/A 30/60 27/56 38/74 42/72 Yes Yes 5/8 6/6 5/10 198/360 Meets of exceeds expectations Comments
Grade 4 67/74 N/A 35/46 45/56 57/74 62/72 Yes Yes 7/8 6/6 8/10 287/346 Meets or exceeds expectations Comments
Grade 5 58/74 N/A 26/46 35/56 38/74 58/72 Yes Yes 4/8 3/6 5/10 227/346 Meets or exceeds expectations Comments
Grade 6 53/74 N/A 27/46 37/56 39/74 46/72 Yes Yes 7/8 6/6 5/10 220/346 Meets or exceeds expectations Comments
  • ID: Instructional Design
  • PA: Phonological/Phonemic Awareness
  • P: Phonics
  • F: Fluency
  • V: Vocabulary
  • C: Comprehension
  • INCC: Alignment to Indiana's Common Core Standards
  • IAS: Alignment to Indiana Academic Standards
  • M&E: Motivation and Engagement
  • A: Assessment
  • PD: Professional Development

Self Evaluation

In order to be considered for review, publishers were required to submit a self evaluation. The self evaluation asks publishers to provide information to the state and to districts on the following items:

  • What states or large districts have adopted this submission?
  • How does your program meet the needs of all students?
  • What are the components of the comprehensive core reading program?
  • What ancillary materials are included, if any?
  • What professional development is available?
  • What are the hardware and equipment requirements, if any?
  • What are the software licensing requirements, if any?

Please download Benchmark Self Evaluation to more thoroughly understand all aspects of this core program.

Pricing and Assurances

As part of the review process, publishers were asked to provide assurances to the Indiana Department of Education and local school corporations in the event of local adoption. Assurances were requested for the following items:

  • Assure that the materials submitted for evaluation meet the NIMAS requirements outlined in IC 20-26-12-24(i);
  • Assure that the materials submitted for evaluation will be made available in alternate formats as required to meet the needs of students with disabilities;
  • Assure that the materials submitted will be made available to local education agencies for no less than six years from the date of the published review; and
  • Assure that the materials submitted for evaluation will be made available to local education agencies at the price indicated for no less than six years.

Please note that agreement to these statements was not a condition of review, and as such, local school corporations should carefully review these documents to understand what will be made available in the event of a local adoption decision. The responses to these assurances as well as the guaranteed prices can be found in Benchmark Pricing and Assurances.

Supporting Documentation

Correlation to Indiana's Common Core Standards (INCC)



Correlation to the Indiana Academic Standards (IAS)