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Xtina
Xtina
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9/7/2018
Xtina
Xtina
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I am a reading specialist supporting our kindergarten teachers to quickly assess Letter Recognition, Phonological Awareness (Initial Sounds, Blending, Segmenting, Rhyming), and Early Literacy Behaviors. The benchmarks for beginning of the year (Aug.-Sept.), Kindergarten seem very low. Meeting expectations for Initial Sounds is 0 at this time in the year and Letter Recognition is 5. We used to use PALS and their benchmarks were much higher. Is there a explanation for the discrepancy? Thanks!!
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Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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9/7/2018
The beginning of Kindergarten is often the first time children enter school so it would not be fair to expect them to know what they are going to be taught in their first year. Notice those scores of 0 are for Aug-Sept, the very beginning of the year with NO instruction. The first assessment interval is expected later in Nov-Dec with the score of 4/8 meeting expectations for PA, Initial Sounds. PALS assessment period is Oct-Nov with a score of 5/10 for benchmark which is not very different.

Fountas and Pinnell have written more about the phonological base and early behaviors for reading and writing in When Readers Struggle and Literacy Beginnings.

Best wishes for success!
Debbie

Xtina wrote:
I am a reading specialist supporting our kindergarten teachers to quickly assess Letter Recognition, Phonological Awareness (Initial Sounds, Blending, Segmenting, Rhyming), and Early Literacy Behaviors. The benchmarks for beginning of the year (Aug.-Sept.), Kindergarten seem very low. Meeting expectations for Initial Sounds is 0 at this time in the year and Letter Recognition is 5. We used to use PALS and their benchmarks were much higher. Is there a explanation for the discrepancy? Thanks!!
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ReadingVA
ReadingVA
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4/21/2020
ReadingVA
ReadingVA
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Could you correlate Fountas and Pinnell levels to PALs reading levels?
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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4/21/2020
ReadingVA wrote:
Could you correlate Fountas and Pinnell levels to PALs reading levels?



Linked here is an approximate correlation chart provided on our website: http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/id/270 Please note that *The Rigby and DRA2 levels are based on different criteria than Fountas & Pinnell levels so those correlations are less reliable. The Fountas & Pinnell levels and the Reading Recovery levels are the most reliable and closely matched to this intervention. There is no correlation provided for the PALs reading levels. By comparing PALs to the chart provided, you may determine an approximate correlation. Again, I emphasize that these are approximate. The Factors Related to Text Difficulty - Chart describes the ten text characteristics used by Fountas and Pinnell to determines text gradient levels: https://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/resource?id=112 Every publisher uses different characteristics, therefore a true comparison of levels is a challenge.

I hope this helps as you examine your resources.
Helenann

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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