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lmintz
lmintz
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10 days ago
lmintz
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I was just wondering if there will be any way to do the Spring Benchmark Assessments online. Does anyone know if the books are available online for students if we were able to connect with them 1:1 virtually? Or are we all to assume that there will be no assessing for the end of this school year, if we cannot return to school. I hope everyone is staying healthy wherever you are. I am the reading specialist in a private school and usually do all the assessments for grades K-2. Luckily, I also give reading support to some groups of students and will be able to continue that virtually.
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allisonm856
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10 days ago
allisonm856
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lmintz wrote:
I was just wondering if there will be any way to do the Spring Benchmark Assessments online. Does anyone know if the books are available online for students if we were able to connect with them 1:1 virtually? Or are we all to assume that there will be no assessing for the end of this school year, if we cannot return to school. I hope everyone is staying healthy wherever you are. I am the reading specialist in a private school and usually do all the assessments for grades K-2. Luckily, I also give reading support to some groups of students and will be able to continue that virtually.


I want to know what we can do for student who are currently in a LLI program and now have no access to the books we read. I have gotten a blanket response of a link to resources that I don't have. I'm very frustrated.
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READFORLIFE
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10 days ago
READFORLIFE
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Good NEWS! As a Reading Specialist, I dug deeper and found our answer:

It is a free app. The in-app purchase is probably minimal.

Individual iTunes® Purchase options
(see important note below about ODMS subscriptions before purchasing)

For individuals using the Reading Record Apps, simply make an in-app purchase through iTunes for your system’s assessment books

Benchmark I Reading Record App Content, 1st/2nd Edition, Individual iTunes® Purchase - includes all texts from original Benchmark books
Benchmark 2 Reading Record App Content, 1st/2nd Edition, Individual iTunes® Purchase - includes all texts from original Benchmark books
Benchmark I Reading Record App Content, 3rd Edition, Individual iTunes® Purchase - includes all texts from original Benchmark books
Benchmark 2 Reading Record App Content, 3rd Edition, Individual iTunes® Purchase - includes all texts from original Benchmark books
SEL Reading Record App Content, Individual iTunes® Purchase - includes all texts from original Benchmark books
Universal Reading Record App Content, Individual iTunes® Purchase - includes all functionality without specific texts

Find more information on this website:

https://www.heinemann.com/collection/bas?utm_source=fountasandpinnell.com&_ga=2.204485080.91387182.1584961181-1017666371.1576849719
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Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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10 days ago
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant wrote:
allisonm856 wrote:
lmintz wrote:
I was just wondering if there will be any way to do the Spring Benchmark Assessments online. Does anyone know if the books are available online for students if we were able to connect with them 1:1 virtually? Or are we all to assume that there will be no assessing for the end of this school year, if we cannot return to school. I hope everyone is staying healthy wherever you are. I am the reading specialist in a private school and usually do all the assessments for grades K-2. Luckily, I also give reading support to some groups of students and will be able to continue that virtually.


I want to know what we can do for student who are currently in a LLI program and now have no access to the books we read. I have gotten a blanket response of a link to resources that I don't have. I'm very frustrated.



A blog today describes what we have to offer for digital users. http://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/in-response-to-using-fountas-pinnell-literacy-resources-for-remote-learning
FPC Guided Reading Collections and Leveled Literacy Intervention:

We do not currently have a student accessible infrastructure to provide our guided reading and Leveled Literacy Intervention books on a secure digital platform. Given the unprecedented crisis, Heinemann is investigating the feasibility of alternative remote options, but unfortunately it will take time and is not guaranteed. In the meantime, we encourage you to leverage free sites for independent reading books.


Teachers must understand that the read-alouds being provided are helping your students with so much. Students are hearing language being read fluently, they are learning about book and world language, developing vocabulary, then if you engage in conversations with them via your digital format you are expanding comprehension. All of these are just as important as your doing an LLI or GR lesson with students via a digital format. Small group instruction is grounded in responsive teaching moves and interactions based on observations as you engage with students with any text they read to/with you. It can be a problem if students do not have access to reading materials in their home. Use what they do have, even if food boxes and bags. Provide what you can. Encourage independent reading with what they can access. We can only do what we can do with what we have.

As for assessment, that is going to depend on the school districts' policies. I am hearing that many are eliminating testing including state tests. I'm glad the I-Pad apps will be helpful for some. However, students still need access to the text and for obvious reasons those cannot be made available to all.

Best wishes as we all maneuver this new world issue. Stay healthy!
Debbie
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READFORLIFE
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10 days ago
READFORLIFE
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Another great reading website K- 6 is https://www.raz-plus.com it is free and has both texts with audio for the younger levels. plus, you can assign reading probes they can do online.
It also has GREAT data collection that will fulfill your specially designed instruction minutes.

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