Arter, J. A. (2010). Interim benchmark assessments: Are we getting our eggs in the right basket? Pearson Assessment Training Institute. Retrieved March 14, 2011 from http://www.assessmentinst.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Interim-Benchmark-Assessments-Paper.pdf
Arter addresses six key questions regarding interim benchmark assessments. The author discusses the effects of benchmark assessments on teaching and learning, balanced assessment, instructional utility compared to technical quality, and evaluation of assessments. Arter concludes that there is some evidence that interim assessments can lead to increased student learning, though what interim assessments contribute above and beyond other forms of assessment has yet to be determined. The document includes numerous attachments to use in practice including a document to help practitioners make sure that instruction and assessments align, and resources to support student self-assessment and goal setting.