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SusanEllenBrown
SusanEllenBrown
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15 days ago
SusanEllenBrown
SusanEllenBrown
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If we benchmark a student at the end of the school year in LLI, do we have to give the benchmark-again- at the beginning of the the next school year?
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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15 days ago
SusanEllenBrown wrote:
If we benchmark a student at the end of the school year in LLI, do we have to give the benchmark-again- at the beginning of the the next school year?


This is a great question! I love that you are thinking ahead! Please refer to the Benchmark Assessment Guide, 3rd edition, page 3: “We suggest administering this assessment at least once at the beginning of the school year to know where to begin instruction, and then again in March or April. By scheduling in this way, you can assess a student’s progress across most of the school year and also use the March/April results to inform teaching through the end of the year. Time and frequency of administration will vary according to school district needs.”

The advantage of assessing your students at the beginning of the school year is to determine where they are ‘now’ and what strategies they are using to process text. Some students may have advanced and some may need a bit of support to get back on track. One of the best features of the BAS is the observation of strategies recorded while the student is actively engaged in reading the text as well as the conversation the occurs afterward. Once the level is determined, analysis should follow. Refer to Recommended Placement Level and Looking Beyond the Numbers in Section 3 of the Benchmark Assessment Guide to support your analysis and The Literacy Continuum list of behaviors to Notice Teach and Support at that level to help set goals.

This gathering of information, along with the level, are key for the new teacher in determining what and how we need to teach!
With this information you will be building on a strong foundation getting off to a strong start, with few surprises, at the beginning of the year!

We wish you success!

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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