How do I use Benchmark Assessment Accommodations and Tools as a Student?

Admins can allow tools and accommodations for students to use on enhanced accommodation benchmark assessments. Accommodations and tools allow students to customize their assessment experience, such as highlighting text, utilizing an on-screen calculator, and flagging questions for review.


  • Benchmark assessment tools and accommodations can only be allowed and edited by admins. 


Enter Online Assessment

View Login Pages

Direct your students to log into Next, they will enter the test ID number and their student ID number, which will open their assessment.

Note: Students may also be able to access the assessment in their student portal.


View Student Assessment

View Student Assessment

Your students can now begin their assessment, where they can view the tools and accommodations toolbar [1]. You can expand the toolbar by clicking the Expand Menu icon [2].


Use Accommodations and Tools

View Accommodations and Tools

Students can use the toolbar to access additional assessment tools. 

The Full Screen, Review, and Accessibility tools are available to students in all assessment types [1]. 

The Highlight [2], Flag Question, Line Reader, Strikethrough, and Calculator tools [3] are only available in benchmark assessments. 

The Desmos calculator is only available to districts that have a paid Desmos calculator subscription [4].


Use Highlight Tool


The Highlight tool isn't represented by an icon in the toolbar. Students can directly click and drag their cursor over a line of text to highlight it. After releasing their cursor, the Highlight options box appears [1]. Students can view and select which color of highlighter to use on their text by clicking the Show Color Palete arrow [2] and clicking a color option [3].  

To remove the highlight from the text, click the highlighted text and click Remove [4].


Flag questions


The students can click the Flag tool option to flag a question to return to it later. To unflag a question, click the Flag/Unflag option again.


Use Line Reader


The Line Reader is a resizable rectangular mask that contains a transparent window. This window only shows small sections of the assessment text at a time to a student. Students can click the Line Reader option in the toolbar [1] to open the Line Reader tool [2].

Students can resize and move the Line Reader to different parts of the assessment page. To resize the Line Reader mask, click and drag on the Resize Mask arrow [3]. To resize the Line Reader window, click and drag the Resize WIndow icon [4].


Use Strikethrough


Students can visually reduce their answer options using the Strikethrough tool. This assists them in choosing the correct answer by shading the answers they know to be incorrect. 

To shade an answer, click the Strikethrough toolbar option [1] and then click the answer option you would like to shade [2]. 

To un-shade an answer option, click the answer option again. 

You cannot select a correct answer while in Strikethrough mode, so once you've eliminated all the incorrect answer options, click the Strikethrough toolbar option again to turn the feature off. You can now select your answer.


Use Calculator and Desmos Calculator


Students can use the default calculator if it has been enabled for their assessment. The Desmos Calculator is only available to districts that have a paid Desmos subscription.

To open your calculator, click the Calculator toolbar option [1]. You can move your calculator by clicking the Calculator header and dragging it to another area of the browser window [2]. Students can enter their math problems in the calculator input bar [3].