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Fortmill
Fortmill
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10/15/2021
Fortmill
Fortmill
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We serve a third-grade student with an auditory processing disability. Can you please provide us with a few tips for accurately assessing her comprehension? Her decoding is strong but she struggles to understand the questions. She says a great deal about the text but not to the depth expected. We wonder if she could respond more deeply if she was able to understand the prompts. Thank you
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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10/15/2021
Fortmill wrote:
We serve a third-grade student with an auditory processing disability. Can you please provide us with a few tips for accurately assessing her comprehension? Her decoding is strong but she struggles to understand the questions. She says a great deal about the text but not to the depth expected. We wonder if she could respond more deeply if she was able to understand the prompts. Thank you



When assessing special education students, according to Fountas and Pinnell, we should always follow the IEP. Therefore the question to ask, when assessing special needs students is, ‘what does the IEP suggest for instruction?’ Use those same guidelines for assessment. Whatever is written into the IEP will be acceptable, however any changes in administration of the BAS will definitely change the standardization. It depends on the accommodations needed as to how you will report and use the results in comparison with other students.


There is an example of a student identified with a learning disability and the accommodations made for him in the Case Study section of your Assessment Guide (BAS 1 3rd edition p. 78). It states, the "IEP drives ...any accommodations / modifications..." then in the next paragraph describes how the accommodation was used in the assessment. Perhaps it will provide some guidance. Basically any accommodation that does not interfere with the administration of the Benchmark Assessment should be acceptable.



Best Wishes,
Helenann

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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