The Benchmark Growth Report on Branching Minds provides insight into benchmark performance and growth across schools, grades, and demographics.

Access the Benchmark Growth Report from the reports button on the left side navigation:

The report shows growth between any two benchmark windows in which there is nationally normed assessment data. At the top of the page, select the desired assessment, and select the start and end window you’d like to view. Typically, educators will be comparing the last benchmark window to the current benchmark window.

The charts that populate show each school (left) and each grade level across schools (right) and how students performed on the last assessment selected and mean change from the first assessment selected. Student performance is reflected on the x-axis which shows the percent of students who are on track to meet grade level expectations. In a healthy practice this should be at or above 80%. School and grades that fall below 80% are displayed in the red and yellow quadrants.

Mean change in student performance is reflected on the y-axis. Schools and grades showing positive growth are displayed above 0 in the yellow and green quadrants. Schools and grades moving in the negative direction are displayed below 0 in the red and orange quadrants.

Below is a table showing the description and recommended action for schools/grades that fall in each quadrant



Recommended Action


These schools/grades are not performing at the level they should be and are going in the wrong direction

Immediate focus should be directed to these schools/grades. Take a deeper dive into the instructional practices and develop an improvement plan


These schools/grades are performing well but are heading in the wrong direction

Take a look into these schools/grades to determine an explanation for decline or if there is a pattern of movement in the wrong direction.


These schools/grades are not performing at the level they should be but are going in the right direction

Keep an eye on these school to make sure they keep moving in the right direction


These schools/grades are performing well and going in the right direction

Keep up the great work and see what practices at these schools/grade levels can be leveraged more broadly!

Below the charts are a breakdown of performance and mean growth at each grade level at each school. This table can be used to look for patterns in grade level performance across different schools (e.g., if 2nd grade instructional practice is more effective at some schools compared to others). It can also be used to look for patterns at schools across grades (e.g., a given school may have students who start off strong, but show a decline in performance as they move up in grade).

The full distribution of student benchmark scores across the two windows can be viewed by clicking on the Breakdown tab or by clicking on any of the active squares in the table

The graph that is generated displays the distribution of student performance for each benchmark window. Curves to the right reflect greater student performance. In the example below, students, on average, performed higher in the Winter of 2020 (purple curve) than they did in the Fall of 2021 (blue curve).

Below the percentile distribution is the growth curve broken down by demographics groups. A growth curve is created by subtracting one benchmark curve from the other. Curves to the right reflect students showing greater growth. Curves to the left are showing less growth. In the example below, students without an IEP (blue curve) are showing more growth than students with an IEP (purple curve).

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