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CristaY
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4 days ago
CristaY
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If we use F and Ps for our benchmark assessment what are the expectations for proficiency at each grade level? We're having lots of discussion if the first grade "fall" expectation is D/E - what level should be considered grade level? What about the other grades with two beginning of the year levels? Should we been thinking about independent or instructional levels?

We have been using this:
http://www.heinemann.com/fountasandpinnell/handouts/instructionallevelexpectationsforreading.pdf

But noticed it hadn't been updated since 2014...... Has this been updated?
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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4 days ago
CristaY wrote:
If we use F and Ps for our benchmark assessment what are the expectations for proficiency at each grade level? We're having lots of discussion if the first grade "fall" expectation is D/E - what level should be considered grade level? What about the other grades with two beginning of the year levels? Should we been thinking about independent or instructional levels?

We have been using this:
http://www.heinemann.com/fountasandpinnell/handouts/instructionallevelexpectationsforreading.pdf

But noticed it hadn't been updated since 2014...... Has this been updated?


Here is the link to the updated 2016 version:
http://www.heinemann.com/fountasandpinnell/handouts/instructionallevelexpectationsforreading.pdf


All "double levels" like D/E have been removed. I think this chart gives more clarification. Now, D at end of Kindergarten is meeting expectations with E exceeding expectations. These are all instructional levels!


Great questions and so glad your staff is discussing this! A staff that openly communicates is the best! Congratulations!


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FPUser2616
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2 days ago
FPUser2616
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You said: Here is the link to the updated 2016 version:
http://www.heinemann.com/fountasandpinnell/handouts/instructionallevelexpectationsforreading.pdf



This link is dated 2014, just like the other link.
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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1 days ago
FPUser2616 wrote:
You said: Here is the link to the updated 2016 version:
http://www.heinemann.com/fountasandpinnell/handouts/instructionallevelexpectationsforreading.pdf



This link is dated 2014, just like the other link.


I am sorry. The shareable links do not seem to be working. Let's try this again...
Here is the link: http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/id/334
If that does not work try this: Go to the website tabs: "Extend Your Expertise"... "Instructional Tools"...

Let me know if this does not work.

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CristaY
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1 days ago
CristaY
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Thank you! Super helpful!

Follow-up question (from a teacher):

If a student is at a Level D at the end of Kindergarten (meeting expectations) and we expect them to be at a Level E at the beginning of First grade, should we be waiting to assess them? It feels unreasonable to expect K students to be at a Level D in June and a Level E in September.

Teachers wonder if they should be waiting until October to complete beginning of the year assessments.

What are your thoughts?
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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20 hours ago
CristaY wrote:
Thank you! Super helpful!

Follow-up question (from a teacher):

If a student is at a Level D at the end of Kindergarten (meeting expectations) and we expect them to be at a Level E at the beginning of First grade, should we be waiting to assess them? It feels unreasonable to expect K students to be at a Level D in June and a Level E in September.

Teachers wonder if they should be waiting until October to complete beginning of the year assessments.

What are your thoughts?


Actually with this revised chart, children ending Kindergarten (in the spring) reading instructionally at Level D are considered meeting expectations. In the fall, those same children who are at Level D, are considered 'meeting expectations' as well. Fountas and Pinnell believe we should begin assessment as soon as possible in the fall. Assessment in September is a wise decision, especially if we determine that any children have dropped strategic behaviors that they were using in the spring and need reinforcement quickly to get them back on track.

Best Wishes for your success!

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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