Frequently Asked Questions

  • A number of frequently asked questions are listed below, specific to our benchmark screening assessments and results.  Please use the drop-down arrows or click "Expand All" to view responses to the questions.

  • What are screening assessments and why does Kirkwood use them with students?

  • How often do students take the screening assessments?

  • What do the benchmark screening assessments measure?

  • How are screening assessments different from other tests that students take?

  • Is screening required for all students?

  • Are benchmark assessments tied to the curriculum?

  • Why is the average range not just at the 50th percentile? Are scores below the 50th percentile below grade level?

  • If my child scored below average on these assessments, does that mean she's struggling in school? What will the school be doing to support her learning?

  • Will my child receive additional support or intervention if his scores are below average?

  • If my child's scores were well above average, does that mean she is gifted? How will she be challenged at school?

  • Why are benchmark results being shared this year when they haven't been shared in previous years?