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GenevieveA
GenevieveA
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10/16/2020
GenevieveA
GenevieveA
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I am an English coordinator and I have introduced F&P BAS this year at my school. Previously, staff would find one instructional level for students and then benchmarking was complete. It was assumed that the students independent level was one level below.
We are currently trying to work together to change our processes, however there is a lack of agreement as to why teachers need to find students' independent level as well (I haven't mentioned testing to find their hard level yet). The argument is that the independent level should be the level below the instructional level.
Can you please help me to explain why it is necessary to test students until you find their true independent and instructional levels and not assume the independent level?
Thank you.
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