I wanted to take a photo of one of the many benchmark exams our district requires its students to take, but decided it was probably better not to post such a thing online for general access. Instead, I posted an online resource referencing the academic benchmarks.
I teach math. Not English. Math. One of the beautiful things about math is that it has its own language. English learners struggling to keep up in other subjects have the ability to excel in mathematics, that is, until we turn math into an English test. The benchmark exams I've seen can be so wordy that large paragraphs dominate the first pages. I am all for supporting word problems and real-life application of math, but these benchmarks seem to have gone overboard. They have become reading comprehension tests, excluding English learners and low-level readers from excelling in a subject they otherwise might shine in.