Carl Militello: What Is the Pearson Benchmark System?

As a one-time school superintendent with 15 years of experience, Carl Militello has extensively investigated the many student assessment systems available today. In his recent role as Superintendent of Schools for Niagara Wheatfield Central School District in New York State, he introduced the innovative Pearson Benchmark system.

The Pearson Benchmark system uses multiple metrics to measure student achievement. The system allows school and district leaders to custom-design assessment tests, which can be given to students at any time during the school year. Because these tests are designed locally and by those that know the specific curriculum, the resultant measures are both specific and actionable. Administrators and teachers can use the data produced by the Pearson tests to adjust instruction, communicate with parents, and identify areas of instructional need.

The Pearson Benchmark system was developed by Pearson Assessments, a division of Pearson Education, Inc. Pearson Assessment creates achievement metrics and tests from pre-kindergarten through the graduate level.

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