5th Grade Science TEKS Readiness Benchmarks

5th Grade Science TEKS Readiness Benchmarks
5th Grade Science TEKS Readiness Benchmarks
5th Grade Science TEKS Readiness Benchmarks
5th Grade Science TEKS Readiness Benchmarks
5th Grade Science TEKS Readiness Benchmarks
5th Grade Science TEKS Readiness Benchmarks
5th Grade Science TEKS Readiness Benchmarks
5th Grade Science TEKS Readiness Benchmarks
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Readiness Benchmarks are designed for the 5th Grade Science TEKS.

This is a tool for teachers to use data to drive instruction, provide appropriate support to students, and track both individual and class growth.

A Personal Note

In the past I’ve given benchmarks in the first 2 weeks because:

1. I was told to and didn’t question it.

2. I wanted my data right away for planning.

3. I wanted to get it done and out of the way.

None of those are particularly good reasons. They certainly aren’t student-centered reasons.

I would rather get to know students than have their benchmark scores. I love content and I don’t hate data, but benchmark testing can wait until students have built up trust in me and had a chance to SHOW ME WHO THEY ARE before I ask them to perform.

Why Assess?

I recommend keeping the scores for your own personal use to show growth over the course of the year. You can use the data to:

1) plan your units

2) provide students the appropriate amount of support

3) provide extensions for students showing mastery

4) show how individuals have grown over the course of the year

5) show how your class has grown over the course of the year


There are 3 challenging benchmark tests to give over the course of the year. Each has 18 questions addressing the same Readiness SEs each time in a similar way.


STAAR has 36 questions. The benchmarks all have 18 questions. The percent of questions appearing for each Reporting Category carries over.

Questions on the Benchmark

Matter & Energy: 3

Force, Motion, & Energy: 4

Earth & Space: 6

Organisms & Environments: 6

The question that appears for each number will be similar across the BOY, MOY, and EOY tests to ensure that you are tracking mastery of content rather than question difficulty or style. This is why it’s important to not review the benchmarks with students.

Why Readiness TEKS?

These benchmarks test ONLY the Readiness Standards. Because the 11 Readiness Standards make up about 65% of the test and there are countless more Supporting Standards that may or may not be tested on STAAR, we can more accurately determine how a student is performing by testing only the Readiness SEs.

Test Options

Google Form

You can provide this test online through Google Forms. It will grade it for you and provide you with your class and individual data.


You can provide this test in pencil/paper format. Copy the benchmark on 3 pages front and back. Use the Quick Grade Page to streamline grading. Each student will use the same Quick Grade Page to record data for all 3 benchmarks.

I prefer giving the students the test on paper, then asking them to enter their answers into Google Forms for me to look at. If your district has a data analysis program with scantrons, you can use that instead.

Table of Contents

A Tool for Teachers 4

TEKS Tested 5

Questioning 6

When to Test 7

Student Needs 8

Testing Options 9

Google Form 10

Google Data 11

Quick Grade Page 12

Answer Keys 13

Benchmark Scoring Guide 14

Beginning of Year Benchmark 15

Middle of Year Benchmark 22

End of Year Benchmark 29

Credits 36

Bundle Option!

This file can be found in the following bundle:

5th Grade Science Bundle (Texas Edition)


Product Notes

1. Please check the preview before purchasing.

2. Process TEKS are embedded within some of the questions, but are not independently assessed. Supporting SEs are not assessed in favor of Readiness SEs which are tested most often on STAAR.

3. This file is not editable.

4. This file is included in the 5th Grade Science Bundle {Texas Edition}. Please do not purchase both, as you will have duplicate purchases.

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