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FPUser41824
FPUser41824
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3/5/2019
FPUser41824
FPUser41824
Posts: 4
I am a reading teacher with 3 concerns that I would like your feedback on, please.

1. Our district puts the F&P BAS instructional levels on students report cards. I am against this. I do not believe Fountas and Pinnell meant for the BAS to be used this way. Your thoughts?

2. Our small district uses the F&P BAS as a main data source for determining a student's yearly growth in reading. This data is reported to the Board of Education. A student who is only 1 letter below (ex. 5th grader is level U in Spring - Chart says level V) is reported as not meeting grade level expectations. I disagree with using the F&P data this way. I would not consider a student who is one letter below to be considered and reported as not meeting grade level expectations. I do not feel the F&P data should be used this way.

3. Our library even has books leveled now and students are encouraged to get books at their level or possibly one or two levels above/below. I am against leveling books in the library!

Our district will be having discussions soon on these topics as some of us reading teachers do not think it is good practice or the way that the F&P BAS was intended to be used. Please advise me if I am way off or right on. I would like feedback that I can take to my administrator when these discussions occur. Thank you.
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Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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3/6/2019
FPUser41824 wrote:
I am a reading teacher with 3 concerns that I would like your feedback on, please.

1. Our district puts the F&P BAS instructional levels on students report cards. I am against this. I do not believe Fountas and Pinnell meant for the BAS to be used this way. Your thoughts?

2. Our small district uses the F&P BAS as a main data source for determining a student's yearly growth in reading. This data is reported to the Board of Education. A student who is only 1 letter below (ex. 5th grader is level U in Spring - Chart says level V) is reported as not meeting grade level expectations. I disagree with using the F&P data this way. I would not consider a student who is one letter below to be considered and reported as not meeting grade level expectations. I do not feel the F&P data should be used this way.

3. Our library even has books leveled now and students are encouraged to get books at their level or possibly one or two levels above/below. I am against leveling books in the library!

Our district will be having discussions soon on these topics as some of us reading teachers do not think it is good practice or the way that the F&P BAS was intended to be used. Please advise me if I am way off or right on. I would like feedback that I can take to my administrator when these discussions occur. Thank you.



Thank you for attempting to use the Fountas and Pinnell materials with the correct intent. You can find the information responding to each of your questions in the Blogs, featured posts, FAQ, and Resource Library under the EXTEND tab above. I think they say it better than I could in the space provided here! A few of the informational links are:
https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/a-note-about-reading-levels

https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/the-power-and-purpose-of-assessment
https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/tag/home
https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/a-level-is-a-teacher-s-tool-not-a-child-s-label
https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/5-ways-to-communicate-student-progress-to-parents-and-support-reading-at-home
http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/id/338 Overview for Administrators

http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/id/337 Text Level Gradient for Administrators

https://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/resource?id=440
https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/what-is-a-level-and-how-can-i-make-it-work-for-me


School libraries are places where students select books for their independent reading, usually away from the classroom. https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/what-is-independent-reading


Best wishes for success!
Debbie
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