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Earlyreader2
Earlyreader2
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12/12/2021
Earlyreader2
Earlyreader2
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When giving a BAS assessment, can the teacher re-phrase the comprehension questions? If so, what are the parameters around rephrasing the questions? What is considered acceptable? For example, If the question was, "What kind of person is Edwin?" Can the question be rephrased to "What is a character trait that describes Edwin? What is he like?" We would appreciate clarification for our team. Thank you!
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Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Debbie Magoulick, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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12/12/2021
Earlyreader2 wrote:
When giving a BAS assessment, can the teacher re-phrase the comprehension questions? If so, what are the parameters around rephrasing the questions? What is considered acceptable? For example, If the question was, "What kind of person is Edwin?" Can the question be rephrased to "What is a character trait that describes Edwin? What is he like?" We would appreciate clarification for our team. Thank you!

The guidelines are found in the BAS Assessment Guide and in the Online Resources in case I don't answer your specific example. Teachers may paraphrase but do this carefully and only once. It depends on the situation as to how you might change to such academic language as "character trait." It should be more of a conversation especially from you. You are trying to see if the students use academic language on their own so that could be leading. You are assessing the student; what he knows and what you need to teach, support, or reinforce as the Continuum outlines. If you paraphrase too much or too often it is considered leading or teaching rather than assessing.

Best wishes!
Debbie
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