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FPUser125574
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18 days ago
FPUser125574
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How are you all getting grades?
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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17 days ago
FPUser125574 wrote:
How are you all getting grades?


Grading is always a challenging aspect of the reading process. Some schools have tried to ‘tie in’ the suggested gradient text level with a grade. I have heard Fountas and Pinnell state that the best way to inform parents would be how the student is performing, i.e. above, at or below grade level.... not reporting text instructional level as that is too confusing.

From an earlier post: Text reading levels are a teaching tool. They should not be used for grades. Under the Extend tab look for the white paper that describes Text Complexity that explains more about the use of the gradient of levels. Grading is always a "hot topic" with much discussion surrounding the arguments: are you measuring growth of the student against that student or against the grade expectations of all students. The purpose of the evaluation will determine the answer to the question which is the answer to yours as well. If you have Fountas and Pinnell resources such as Guiding Readers and Writers look for the section on grades or reporting to stakeholders to help guide your thinking.

In addition please refer to the newly published text regarding use of levels : Guided Reading Responsive Teaching Across the Grades by Fountas and Pinnell. On page 295 it states: “When levels become too important, even teachers can become competitive. And, we wish to state very strongly that reading levels of students have no place in teacher evaluation or on a report card. The gradient and set of leveled books are instructional tools for teachers who understand them—nothing more.”

I would also suggest you post your question on the Facebook page: Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Learning Group to get input from other teachers.

We wish you success,

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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