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Benchmark Running Record is a Literacy by 3 program designed to help teachers gather authentic reading proficiency evidence from beginning, middle, and end of year running record benchmarks. Determining student progress is a process in which teachers gather evidence to evaluate how students are progressing on the continuum of their annual learning goals. Planning ways to gather evidence of student learning is vital to determining the effectiveness of past instruction and a teacher’s ability to modify upcoming lessons that better support student needs. Teachers should use formative and summative progress checks to help ensure they are creating and delivering lessons that lead students toward mastery and ultimately meet their annual learning goals.

The Benchmark Running Record, an assessment tool used by Houston ISD to determine students’ independent reading levels, is available for K-5 students. Several options are available for administering a Benchmark Running Record:

  • Teachers may select from the online resource available in the HUB for respective grade levels.
  • Teachers may use the Next Steps in Guided Reading assessment kits available at elementary campuses.
  • Campuses that possess DRA2 kits may use those.
  • Spanish assessment kits are also available at elementary campuses.

A Benchmark Running Records post-assessment will be administered at the end of the Summer School program for Reading grades K-2. Results should be recorded in the OnTrack platform. Benchmark Running record data will be recorded in OnTrack.

As teachers collect data on student performance, it is useful to organize that information for easy analysis. Tracking student progress is not an end in itself, but a means of monitoring and promoting positive student outcomes. It propels student academic growth by helping the teacher accurately identify students’ strengths and areas for development, make more strategic decisions about future lessons, and plan for differentiated instruction that leads to student mastery.

  • For assistance with how to perform a running record observation, reference the support videos linked below. 
  • For assistance with accessing OnTrack to record observation data, reference the data entry video below. 
  • For support with how to perform a running record or enter the record into OnTrack, contact:  

Training Registration:

  • Benchmark Running Record (BRR) Entry (OneSource 565003)
  • Learn how to enter literacy records used with Benchmark Running Records into OnTrack

How to register: 

  • Go to the OneSource web site
  • Login with your HISD network credentials
  • Navigate from the "Home" section to the “Learning" section.  
  • Search the HISD Learning catalog for "running records"
  • The full course title is:  Benchmark Running Record (BRR) Entry

Professional Development Recordings:

Additional Resouces: