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AlyssaJaneBell
AlyssaJaneBell
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6/30/2020
AlyssaJaneBell
AlyssaJaneBell
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Hi there,

I was wondering if a student needs to pass both a fiction and non-fiction text in order to move up a level or whether one text is enough (aka only fiction)?
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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7/1/2020
AlyssaJaneBell wrote:
Hi there,

I was wondering if a student needs to pass both a fiction and non-fiction text in order to move up a level or whether one text is enough (aka only fiction)?


Hi Alyssa,
If you are instructing a student in a Guided Reading group, you can compare your daily recorded observations and frequent running record analysis of behaviors to the Literacy Continuum list of strategic actions for that level to determine if the child is ready to move up to the next level. This is considered continuous assessment. These observations will include processing behaviors for that level and will be based on both fiction and nonfiction books. There is no need to use the Benchmark Assessment to move up a level for instruction.

If you are assessing unseen text, at intervals (such as quarterly) using the Benchmark Assessment System, you will begin assessment of either a fiction or nonfiction book and change to the opposite genre as you move up levels. For example, if you use a fiction text at level D and note instructional level processing, you will move up to check processing at level E, using a nonfiction text.

Fountas and Pinnell state: “ The fiction and nonfiction book at each level are equivalent measures. You can use either text to determine a child’s ability to read at that level. It is unnecessary and not recommended to have a child read both fiction and nonfiction texts at the same level during the same testing period. We recommend alternating fiction and nonfiction books as you move up the levels during the assessment conference.”

Best Wishes for successful assessment,
Helenann

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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