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Meghan Schall
Meghan Schall
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2/13/2017
Meghan Schall
Meghan Schall
Posts: 1
Hi Everyone,
Our school has been using the F&P Benchmarking Kit for three years now. We have a Digital Data Wall where we store our student's instructional level (accuracy, self-correction, fluency and comprehension).This Data Wall is used to form instructional groups in the classroom, determine interventions, and track student's progress throughout the 3 years that they are in our school. So, here is the struggle that we have been tackling in our Literacy Leadership Team, when we report out on the instructional level, we have noticed that some students are never seeming to master the comprehension portion but yet we keep trying them at the next level during our next benchmarking. So, when you look at our Digital Data Wall it looks like they have moved up a level but in reality they didn't master the comprehension at either level. So, my question is, should we be recording their independent level on our Digital Data Wall? Or should we continue with reporting out the instructional level? An additional note to be considered, our school also uses the Data Wall to determine if a student has made 1 years worth of growth. Help! We have spent many meetings discussing it but have been unable to reach consensus. We would really love some advice.
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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2/14/2017
Meghan Schall wrote:
Hi Everyone,
Our school has been using the F&P Benchmarking Kit for three years now. We have a Digital Data Wall where we store our student's instructional level (accuracy, self-correction, fluency and comprehension).This Data Wall is used to form instructional groups in the classroom, determine interventions, and track student's progress throughout the 3 years that they are in our school. So, here is the struggle that we have been tackling in our Literacy Leadership Team, when we report out on the instructional level, we have noticed that some students are never seeming to master the comprehension portion but yet we keep trying them at the next level during our next benchmarking. So, when you look at our Digital Data Wall it looks like they have moved up a level but in reality they didn't master the comprehension at either level. So, my question is, should we be recording their independent level on our Digital Data Wall? Or should we continue with reporting out the instructional level? An additional note to be considered, our school also uses the Data Wall to determine if a student has made 1 years worth of growth. Help! We have spent many meetings discussing it but have been unable to reach consensus. We would really love some advice.




Your concern is: some students are never seeming to master the comprehension portion but yet you keep trying them at the next level during your next benchmarking....


I would say that your concern is justified. It sounds like your staff is very good at teaching for within the text processing behaviors at each level. That is a great start. At the next benchmarking period, are you checking to see if the instructional level has become independent? Children can be instructional (needing some support) at many levels and still not achieve independence (proficiency of processing behaviors). The Benchmark Assessment is designed to be a formative assessment, i.e. help to determine what needs to be taught, prompted and reinforced during lessons after finding the independent, instructional and hard levels. The Continuum of Literacy Learning is designed to be a guide identifying what specific strategic behaviors need to be in place for processing proficiency (within, beyond and about the text) based on the text features: supports and challenges at each level. Perhaps, you and your staff might spend time looking at the Continuum as a resource for building proficiency in beyond and about the text. Could your Data Wall somehow include the Comprehension score in addition to the instructional level? If you have access to the text, When Readers Struggle, you might do a book study on the chapters which focus on building strategic action behaviors.



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