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Benchmark Assessor Live

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Efficiently assess and automatically record individual students' reading performance using the oral reading fluency assessment Benchmark Assessor Live. This web-based reading benchmark assessment simplifies the evaluation and communication of student data by providing immediate results through graphs that display individual and/or group results.

NOTE: Service and support for Benchmark Assessor Live will be terminated on June 30, 2019. Going forward, we will focus our software development on our intervention programs in order to make the biggest difference for the students we serve. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Read Naturally Benchmark Assessor Live provides...

  • A tool to quickly screen students for reading problems.
  • Convenient fall, winter, and spring oral reading fluency assessments.
  • Field-tested passages for grades one through eight.
  • Data-based documentation of student performance for RTI implementation.

Teachers use Read Naturally Benchmark Assessor Live to...

  • Easily assess students with a reading assessment test in fall, winter, and spring.
  • Immediately view student results in tables and graphs.
  • Track changes in student performance.
  • Efficiently communicate student results with colleagues and parents.
  • Utilize assessment data to make instructional decisions.

BA Live is a web-based reading benchmark assessmentBenchmark Assessor Live is an efficient, valid, and reliable way for teachers to measure a student's reading fluency skills. 

Teachers assess students with Benchmark Assessor Live in the fall to screen them for reading problems and identify those who need further diagnosis and who may benefit from a reading intervention like Read Naturally Live. Teachers assess students again in the winter and spring to track their overall reading achievement. 

Each student reads three leveled, field-tested print passages while the teacher follows along on the computer, clicking missed words and the last word read. The software automatically calculates the student’s words-correct-per-minute (wcpm) score on each passage and averages the scores.

An individual report for each student provides the student's average words-correct-per-minute (wcpm) score and general recommendations based on the student’s results. Reports generated after the winter and spring assessments also provide average weekly improvement scores to help teachers evaluate student progress. In addition, Benchmark Assessor Live provides a group report that shows which students most need additional reading support. ​

Benchmark Assessor Live subscriptions include access to all eight levels (1–8) of assessment passages.  Each level has three rigorously field-tested, valid and reliable passages representative of general curriculum. 

Benchmark Assessor Live is sold by subscription, and educators can reassign licenses without losing data if students leave the program.

The program includes assessment passages, assessment software, and reports of student performance and progress.

Assessment Passages
  • Printable passages for student use.
  • Printable passages with line-by-line word counts for teacher use, if assessing offline.
Assessment Software
  • Interactive passages on the computer for teachers to track time, errors, and expression.
  • Capability to enter scores obtained offline.
  • Instant assessment results.
Reporting Software
  • Individual student reports that graphically display assessment results as well as student progress over time.
  • Recommendations for possible interventions based on student results.
  • Group reports that rank students according to performance results.

To use Read Live software, your computer must meet the following minimum system requirements:

Operating System Compatibility

  • Windows 7 and higher
  • Mac OS X 10.9 and higher
  • Chrome OS

Browser Compatibility

  • Google Chrome versions 49 and higher (recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox versions 45 and higher
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 11 and higher
  • Apple Safari versions 7 and higher


Internet Connection

  • 512 Kbps and faster (Dial-up connection is not supported.)

Screen Resolution

  • 1024 by 768 and higher


  • Ability to play audio
  • Oral Reading Results Report
    This report summarizes results from a selected group of students. It ranks the students by their words-correct-per-minute scores on the most recent test, grouping them by competency levels.
  • Oral Reading Details Report
    ​This report graphs a student's words-correct-per-minute scores. It also lists a breakdown of the student's results for each season tested and provides high-level instructional recommendations for the student.

Service and support for Benchmark Assessor Live will be terminated on June 30, 2019. Going forward, we will focus our software development on our intervention programs in order to make the biggest difference for the students we serve. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: If you are still interested in purchasing Benchmark Assessor Live for the 2018–2019 school year, contact Read Naturally.

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What Customers Say About Benchmark Assessor Live

"We have used a paper and pencil fluency benchmark assessment program for years, but just switched over to the [Benchmark Assessor] program and our teachers love it! It is so user friendly."
— Tammie, Reading Specialist, Phoenix, AZ

"I appreciate the way that the fluency grade-level norms so closely follow the other benchmarks I find when doing my oral reading fluency checks."
— Ann, Title I Teacher, Minneapolis, MN

Customer Reviews

Dec 1, 2014



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