Improving your students’ academic achievement on statewide standardized tests without compromising the tenets of Digital Age Best Practices or the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is the cornerstone of the LoTi Benchmarking process. This benchmarking system (1) possesses the look and feel of the actual statewide assessment, (2) measures what has already been taught, (3) guarantees an efficient turn-around time for data analysis and summary, and (4) includes targeted and engaging follow-up interventions for students at a LoTi 3 or higher.
The LoTi benchmarking system (1) possesses the look and feel of your statewide assessment, (2) measures what has already been taught, (3) is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, (4) guarantees an efficient turn-around time for data analysis and summary, and (5) includes targeted and engaging curriculum resources for students. The included curriculum resources (e.g., LoTi Lessons, LoTi Skill Builders) help contextualize student understanding of fundamental math and literacy concepts by turning up the H.E.A.T. on student learning. These resources can be easily retrofitted to match your school system’s existing curriculum.
The LoTi Benchmarking protocol for each grade level/subject area includes:
- CCSS-aligned Scope and Sequence chart
Scope and sequence charts align the benchmark tests, lesson plan resources, and Skill Builders to the standards being addressed.
- Pre/Post Benchmark Assessments (GR3 Math Sample) (GR8 Math Sample) (GR5 Literacy Sample) (GR7 Literacy Sample)
Pre-test and post-test benchmark assessments contain multiple choice and extended response questions aligned to common core content areas (e.g., Numbers & Operations in Base 10, Geometry, Measurement & Data, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Expressions & Equations) or to content areas aligned to your statewide assessment (e.g., NJASK, PSSA, PARCC).
- Technology-infused LoTi Lessons (GR 3 Math Sample) (GR6 Math Sample) (GR5 Literacy Sample) (GR8 Literacy Sample)
LoTi Lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and 21st Century skills, and provide the necessary anchors for teachers to build their own learning episodes that promote student H.E.A.T.
- CCSS-aligned teacher resource materials (Math Sample) (Literacy Sample)
Additional resource materials include a wealth of subject area- and grade level-specific links to online resources that support fundamental math and literacy concepts.
- Student Skill Builder activities (Math Sample) (Literacy Sample)
LoTi Skill Builders (e.g., Problems of the Day, Mad Minutes) reinforce student understanding of basic mathematical operations and literacy concepts. Increasing student competency in basic skills will strengthen student understanding and confidence levels before delving into the more complex processes embedded in each of the benchmark clusters.
- Pre/Post Benchmark Assessment Summary Report (Sample)
An easy-to-read summary aligned to the assessment anchors is provided after each Pre/Post Benchmark Assessment so that teachers can easily monitor general student progress toward proficiency on the targeted skills.
- Pre/Post Benchmark Assessment Item Analysis (Sample)
A detailed item analysis that includes individual student responses is provided after each Pre/Post Benchmark Assessment to track targeted student progress toward proficiency on the targeted skills.