How do I create a benchmark assessment containing rubric criteria items?

As a Mastery Connect administrator, benchmark facilitator, or benchmark author, you can create a document-based benchmark assessment that contains rubric criteria items.

Benchmark assessments can be delivered to trackers in your district.

You can learn more about deputizing staff to deliver benchmarks.


  • You can also add rubric criteria items to an item-based benchmark assessment.
  • Teachers can grade rubric criteria items on a benchmark assessment using the Performance Grader, unless secure benchmarking mode is enabled. If a benchmark requires rubric criteria items, you may want to create a separate benchmark containing only the rubric criteria items. Then, do not enable secure benchmarking mode so that teachers can grade the items using the Performance Grader.

Open Benchmarks

In the Global Navigation menu click the Admin link [1]. Then, hover the cursor over the Assessments tab [2], and select the Benchmarks option [3].

To add a new benchmark assessment, click the Add Benchmark button [4].

Create Assessment

Create Assessment

In the Create Assessment page, click the Assessment Type drop-down menu, and the select the District Benchmark option [1].

To select a subject, core, class/grade for the assessment click the drop-down menus [2].

Click the Standard drop-down menu, and select the Multi-Standard option [3].

To allow teachers to remove the benchmark from their trackers, click the Allow Teachers to Delete from Trackers box [4].

Enter a name for the assessment and an optional description in the Title and Description fields [5].

Select Document Based Source

Select Document Based Source

To select a document source, click the Assessment Source drop-down menu [1]. Then, click the document location from the Document Based list [2].

To select the file to upload, click the Choose File button [3].  

Learn more about creating a document-based benchmark assessment.

Note: You cannot select an assessment source document from a Google shared drive.

Add Rubric Criteria Questions

To add rubric questions, click the Type drop-down list [1], and select the Rubric Criteria option [2].

Enter the number of rubric questions to add in the Qty field [3].

To add the questions to the assessment, click the Add button [4].

Enter Question Details

By default, each rubric criteria question includes four rating blocks with values of 0-3 points. To change the number of ratings you want to use for a question, click the Plus and Minus icons [1].

To change the pre-populated value for a rating, delete the existing number and enter the new value in the rating box [2]. Each subsequent rating you add will have a point value that is one higher than the highest number currently in the series.

Select the standard to which you want to align each individual question from the Standards drop-down menu [3].

If your school or district uses tags, click the Tags drop-down menu, and click the appropriate tag checkboxes [4].  

To delete a question from the assessment, click the Remove icon [5].

Enter Mastery Cut Scores

Enter Mastery Cut Scores

The Scoring column displays the total number of points possible for each standard [1].

To enter mastery cut scores, enter the number of points required for Mastery in the M box [2], and the number of points required for Near Mastery in the NM box [3].

To view details about a standard, hover the cursor over the standard name [4] and view details in the details window [5].

Create Assessment

Create Assessment

To save your changes and create the benchmark assessment, click the Create Assessment button [1].

Note: To remove all selections on the page, click the Reset button [2].