Overview of Benchmark and Reading Level Assessment Spacing Requirements
90 days must pass between one benchmark and the next, 90 days must also pass between one Reading Level Assessment(RLA) and the next, but 93 days must pass between the placement and the next benchmark. This was done to prevent kiddos from getting a placement and benchmark in the same window.
eg. Students who started their Beginning of Year test on 10/31 - the last day of the Beginning of Year window - will be eligible for the Middle of Year test on 1/31.
As long as a student took their placement test prior to 11/27, they will be eligible within the MOY window ending 2/28.
The 90 and 93 days are both calculated to the hour. This means that if a student completed their placement test late in the day on 11/27, they would not be eligible for the MOY until late in the day 2/28.
Our assessment clock runs on UTC time so some students are able to start the MOY on 11/30 at about 5pm MST because that is 12/1 Midnight UTC time. This also means that the window closes about 5pm MST on 2/28.
The RLA and the Placement/Benchmark are independent of each other so even if a student just completed their placement on 10/31 they can be eligible for the RLA on 12/1. Again, 90 days must pass between RLAs.
Once a student starts either a Benchmark or RLA assessment, they will have 28 days to complete it, even if they start it on the last day of the window.
The placement clock starts when the placement test is completed (93 days) but the Benchmark 90 day clock starts when the assessment begins.