Impressive Gains in Student Achievement

Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante were introduced in California and Colorado during the 2016-2017 school year. By the 2017-2018 school year, more than 180 school districts in four states used Benchmark Advance and/or Benchmark Adelante as the core English/Spanish Language Arts curriculum in Kindergarten through either Grade 5 or Grade 6. In these districts, the Benchmark Education Company programs were used in all or nearly all schools.

To the right you will see results of Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante related to all of the 180+ districts, taken from Benchmark Education Company’s Advancing to Proficiency book.

The growth in proficiency for students in the Benchmark districts is about two and a half times as large as the growth in proficiency for students in the non-Benchmark districts.

Every Student Succeeds with Benchmark Advance and Adelante

This table provides Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence levels, as well as details and comments, on eight different studies where Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante were used by students as their ELA core program. The studies occurred in six states, California, Colorado, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, and North Carolina. California is where Benchmark Advance and Benchmark are used by the largest number of districts due to the formal adoption process.

Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante Study Title
Short Title
ESSA Evidence Level

Smarter ELA/Literacy Results for Students in Indian River School District: Progress After Two Years of Benchmark Advance Instruction

Indian River Study 2018

Moderate

Smarter ELA/Literacy Results for Students in Indian River Schoo lDistrict and the State of Delaware After Initial Year of Benchmark Advance Instruction

Indian River Study

Moderate

Comparison of Dual Language Immersion and Monolingual Instruction Using Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante

Chula Vista Study #1

Moderate

Evidence Based Research in the Chula Vista (CA) Elementary School District on the Effectiveness of the Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante Comprehensive Literacy Programs

MSA Study #1

Promising

Percentage of Students in Met and Above Category More Than Doubled After Two Years of Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante Instruction

Chula Vista Study #2

Promising

Advancing to Proficiency: 2018 State Test Results for Students Using Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante

Four State Study

Promising

California Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante Districts CAASPP Results: After Initial Year of Instruction

71 District Study

Promising

Comparison of Dual Language Immersion using Benchmark Adelante and English Only Instruction in Kindergarten and 1st Grade Classrooms in North Carolina

North Carolina Study #1

Promising

Educator Testimonials

Here’s what teachers and administrators are saying about Benchmark Advance and Adelante.

  • The Benchmark Advance curriculum meets our needs better than anything else we’ve had here in recent years. The level of rigor surpasses what we’ve previously used to teach ELA. The curriculum is designed to intentionally integrate Science and Social Studies instruction using 4th grade concepts, and it also incorporates social-emotional learning skills. The real-time data that we receive from Benchmark Advance is the most efficient form of data collection and analysis we’ve had as a 4th grade team. Our ELA instructional conversations are much more authentic and allow us to really analyze student weaknesses and find ways to use our instruction to meet their needs best.
    The Grade 4 Team
    Michigan District
  • Benchmark Education Company has been a great partner with our district from the very beginning of our adoption process up until now. They have been wonderful to work with in every aspect of our implementation process, from shepherding our order to providing professional development and support. During these unprecedented times when our district made the decision to close, BEC has been with us every step of the way, helping our teachers, providing free e-books, and creating Facebook Live sessions on how to navigate distance learning. BEC has been a great company to have a partnership with.
    Director of Teaching and Learning
    Cartwright Elementary School District, Phoenix
  • I am a 30-year elementary school teacher veteran—all grades from kindergarten through fifth, at ten different sites in the district. I want to share my enthusiasm for working with the Benchmark Advance curriculum. My students made tremendous gains in their language arts skills, but also in their confidence to take on new learning. No other program that I have viewed is as comprehensive or as thoughtfully written. The three-week units go in depth, so kids have time to learn, apply, and master critical skills and strategies.
    Grade 2 Teacher
    Doyle Elementary School
    San Diego Unified School District