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Fountas and Pinnell
Transcript of Fountas and Pinnell
independent level texts, guided reading/instructional level books you've finished, high interest/high motivation books, environmental print (newspapers, magazines, ads)
Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System
Angela Sanders, Reading Specialist
Where to Start
Purpose of the Assessment:
Option 1: Use the "Where-to-Start Word Test" (Assessment Forms book or CD-ROM)
Option 2: Use information gathered from previous years and your own observations and assessments and compare to the chart on pg. 15 of your Assessment Guide
If anything start on a level you may think is too easy and work up (COMPREHENSION)
Determining Text Levels
*See the chart on pg. 32 of the Assessment Guide.
Optional Questions Before Reading
Things I Have Learned From My Experiences Doing Assessments
Grade Level Expectations
Expanded Vocabulary (supplemental)
Writing - in response to reading
Scoring Running Records
Administering the Assessment
Work smarter not harder
If coding is overwhelming to you, just document what a student does in your own words and code it later.
Keep up to date records - these assessments are a crucial resource in determining interventions.
Not every student is going to fit exactly into one category. Trust your judgment and your data to do what is best for a student.
Level Correlation Charts
Websites for leveling books
What do you already know about this subject? (
making connections/activating prior knowledge
What do you
this story is going to be about?
What do you do when you come to a difficult word?
What do you do if you don't understand what the book is about?
Consider completing the Reading Interview on pg. 163 of the Assessment Guide
Explanation of Text Levels
What's in the Kit?
Student Forms & Folders
Assessment Forms Book and CD-ROM
The Continuum of Literacy Learning
Professional Development DVD
Assessments will be checked out from me in Rm. 116
This assessment is used to help determine students' reading levels, areas of need, and to inform instruction.
This assessment covers the following:
Independent Level - The student can read the book by themselves - EASY
Instructional Level - The student is able to read the story with guidance - Using some strategies but confusing others - JUST RIGHT
Frustration Level - The student is having too much difficulty reading the book - HARD
Using the Assessment to Inform Instruction
Students will show the most growth when taught at the instructional level, because they have confidence in what they already know, but are challenged to apply the new strategies they've been learning.
Not all students fit a specific mold - You may have to use some strategy grouping (i.e a student may be at an independent level for accuracy but their comprehension or fluency at the same level is frustration.
The independent level is great for free reading, motivation, improving fluency and introducing a skill or strategy for the first time
Options for Grouping
What I recommend for book boxes/baskets
A few different options for grouping:
spelling/word study groups
flexible grouping - students can move between groups once a skill is mastered or students are part of two different groups based on their needs.
Did the child's attempt impact the meaning of what they are reading?
Did the child's attempt make sense in the sentence (grammatically)?
Did the child's attempt look similar to the word on the page? Did they use the same beginning or ending sound or a similar cluster of letters.
to determine a student's reading level and areas of need, and inform instruction
Purpose of the Assessment
The Assessment Covers:
*Assessment Kits will be signed out from me in room 116
Angela Sanders, Reading Specialist
Two GREAT Resources:
If you need any further help just ask!
stop by rm. 116