4th and 5th Grade Reading Assessment | Reading Test Prep

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Are you looking for a rigorous reading benchmark or reading assessment to help prepare your students for state testing? This resource is a comprehensive assessment for the Common Core reading literature and informational standards.

****I wrote this with my 5th graders in mind, but this is definitely applicable to 4th graders. However, I would not suggest this be used for a pre-test for 4th graders. It is better suited as a post-test for 4th grade students.

Need a math version? Click on the links to see Math Benchmark Assessments:

4th Grade Math Benchmark Assessment

5th Grade Math Benchmark Assessment

About the 4th and 5th Grade Reading Assessment

This reading assessment includes 8 texts to fully assess all the standards and all types of texts. The following texts are included:

  1. Two Persuasive Speeches (Paired on the same topic.)
  2. Poem
  3. Informational Text
  4. Fiction Story
  5. Informational Flyer (Paired with the fiction story.)
  6. Drama
  7. Poem (Paired with the drama.)

There are 27 reading test prep questions in all. The questions are a mixture of multiple choice questions (18) and constructed response questions (9).

Each standard is represented at least one time with several standards represented 2-3 times. Please check the Standards Based Alignment to see which questions assess which standards. Standards are also listed on the answer key page.

This reading assessment resource also includes three optional passage-based writing assessments for those states who assess students’ writing abilities in conjunction with passages. The writing prompts are specific to the texts in the assessment. There are three prompts: one informational, one persuasive, and one narrative.

Using the 4th and 5th Grade Reading Assessment

This benchmark assessment can be given at the beginning of the year as a pre-assessment, in the middle of the year, or at the end of the year to show growth.

Due to the length of this assessment, I would recommend giving it in parts. You could give pages 1-7 first and then 8 through 15 on another day.

To save on copies if you give it multiples times ore are departmentalized, you could run off one class set and then have the students use the answer document found in this pdf.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
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