What's New

Benchmark Universe continues to create the tools you need for a rapidly evolving educational environment and a diverse student population. On this page, we’ll announce new features and functions that help you meet the challenges of today’s classrooms. We believe that literacy is a life-long collaborative effort. Each one of us at Benchmark Education is committed to a child's appreciation for reading.

Our goal is to make your lives easier and enhance your students' learning experience. Enjoy the new features and enhancements we've made for you!

Benchmark Debuts New Summary Reports

The new Summary Report brings together useful data from all over Benchmark Universe so teachers, as well as school and district administrators, can quickly identify opportunities and challenges. Check out these pages for more info about the Summary Report for Digital Oral Reading Records (for teachers or administrators) or eAssessments (for teachers and administrators).

New and Improved SPOT Reports

You can now create and print the Standards Performance Over Time (SPOT) report by customizing the standards performance data you want to view in a compact, printable PDF format. Follow these links to learn more: teachers and administrators.

Join the Benchmark Team for our Back-to-School Webinar

We'd like to invite you to join us on Thursday, September 9, or Thursday, September 23, for a free webinar, 5 Reasons to Get Excited for Back-to-School 2021-2022, presented by Jen Boyle, Director of Technology in Teaching and Learning, along with members of our product team.

Register today to reserve your seat! Space is limited, with reservations confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis. Can't attend live? Don't worry—we'll be hosting the webinar on the Benchmark Universe Help Site for all users to access.

About the Webinar

Now is the perfect time for teachers and administrators to learn more about new features that are being released on the Benchmark Universe eLearning platform. Plus, your voice will be heard—you'll have a chance to give feedback on future improvements that will shape our product roadmap.

Join the live session to learn more about some amazing new features on Benchmark Universe. We'll be covering topics like:

• Improvements to assignments, including an upcoming Google Classroom Integration

• Enhanced resource displays and sharing functionality

• Changes to assessments and reporting

• and so much more!

Click here to find out more and register for the webinar.

Benchmark Universe Streamlines Assignment Creation

Benchmark Universe Assignments now offers a new and more intuitive way of creating assignments through its redesigned Quick Assign menu. Assignments now preselect the Assignment Name, Class, Students, and Start Date for you. Learn more about the new features and how to use the new assignment creation menu through the Assignments List and the Library.

Restore Deleted Assignments and Students

We've added a restore feature to the assignment manager. Teachers can now easily restore deleted assignments and add back students to existing assignments. Find out more here and here.

Mark Repetition Behaviors in Oral Reading Records

Users can now mark repetition reading behaviors in their Benchmark Digital Oral Reading Records. Teachers and administrators can also see those behaviors reflected in their Digital ORR reports. Learn more about repetition and other reading behaviors here.

Share Customizations within Your District

Teachers and administrators now have the option of sharing their Library customizations within their districts. To learn more about sharing customized libraries with your entire district click here.

The Benchmark Universe Dashboard has a New Look

We've streamlined and improved the look of the BU Dashboard. Find out more about the changes in the About the Dashboard page.

New Customization Saving Update

You no longer have to decide if you want to save a customization when you open an eBook. Benchmark Universe now automatically saves your work and changes you to Edit mode as soon as you use a tool or switch to Edit mode. Learn more about saving a customized eBook here.

My Library Has a New Look

Benchmark Universe My Library's new accessible designs allow you to see the full name of the library, more of the resource titles, and an easier way to find your customizations.

Check out About My Library to learn more.

Benchmark eAssessments Has New Test Taker Tools

Benchmark's Test Taker Tools now offer students and teachers a Strikethrough tool to strike out answer choices in multiple choice, multiple response, and evidence-based selected question types, helping them visually narrow down the correct answer to a question. Test Taker Tools now also allow students to create notes for specific test questions.

Check out Use Tools and Settings to learn more.

Benchmark eAssessments Lets Administrators Delete a Question

Benchmark's new Delete a Question feature allows district administrators to save a custom version of any Benchmark eAssessment by deleting questions from the assessment. They can then publish the customization, making it the default version of the assessment for the entire district.

Check out the Delete a Question Teacher or Administrator pages to learn more. Or go to the Frequently Asked Questions.

Take a Look at the Benchmark Back-to-School Preview

Benchmark has many new features coming soon. From updates to Benchmark Universe Assignments to new tools in eAssessments. Check out the Back-to-School Preview to learn about them.

Last Updated: September 17, 2021