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MrsM5
MrsM5
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7 days ago
MrsM5
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Hello!

I was wondering what level you put down as their instructional level.... if, for an example, a child scores an independent on E and a hard on F. Thanks!
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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7 days ago
MrsM5 wrote:
Hello!

I was wondering what level you put down as their instructional level.... if, for an example, a child scores an independent on E and a hard on F. Thanks!


Please refer to the section in the Benchmark Assessment Guide beginning on page 48: When the Numbers Don’t Line Up Perfectly. Also, there is a chart on page 50: Finding an Instructional Level When the Numbers Don’t Line Up Perfectly.

In this situation, where there is an independent level followed by a hard level, it states: The student has no instructional level because the reading is uneven ... The chart provides this example:
C at 98% accuracy with comprehension that is approaching proficiency (independent)
D at 96% accuracy with comprehension that is approaching proficiency (independent)
E at 89% accuracy with comprehension that is approaching proficiency (hard)

Solution: For instruction, you want to be sure you are on firm ground. With uneven reading like this, select the level you are most sure the student can process with your help.
C = Independent level
D = Independent level
D = Recommended Placement level

Therefore, based on this information, the best placement will be level E. Be careful to note the Strategic Actions used by the child in their attempt to process text so you will know exactly what behaviors need continued reinforcement and what behaviors need to be taught. The best resource for this is the Literacy Continuum. You would refer to level F (and level E, if necessary) in the Continuum to determine what strategic action behaviors the child is using and what behaviors he/she is neglecting to use. That information will guide your instruction.

We wish you success in determining the next steps for this reader.

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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