Benchmarks for Student Progress
Independent Reading Benchmarks

The Independent Reading Benchmarks lay out a continuum of growth based on the expectation that students will enter kindergarten as emergent readers and finish eighth grade reading at level Z.

Independent Reading Benchmarks


Oral Reading Benchmarks

Oral reading rate, when it assesses fluent reading, is a measure of automaticity (the ability to recognize words automatically). It is an indicator of potential reading volume and a predictor of comprehension.

Oral Reading Benchmarks


Primary Reading Benchmarks

The Benchmarks for Primary Assessments lay out a continuum of growth for K-2 students with concepts of print, letter/sound identification, and high frequency words.

Primary Reading Benchmarks*

*These benchmarks end in second grade. There are no benchmarks for grades 3-8.