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Earlyreader2
Earlyreader2
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12/20/2021
Earlyreader2
Earlyreader2
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Are there any guidelines by F&P for the use of reading guides/highlighter strips/a notecard (used by the student) for tracking during a BAS assessment?
Thank you!
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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12/21/2021
Earlyreader2 wrote:
Are there any guidelines by F&P for the use of reading guides/highlighter strips/a notecard (used by the student) for tracking during a BAS assessment?
Thank you!



Any changes in administration of the BAS will definitely change the standardization. However, according to Fountas and Pinnell, we should always follow the IEP. Therefore the question to ask, when and if assessing special needs students is always, ‘what does the IEP suggest for instruction?’ There is an example of a student identified with a learning disability and the accommodations for him in the Case Study section of the Benchmark Assessment Guide (BAS 1 3rd edition p. 78). It says 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 assessment should be acceptable.

It depends on the accommodations needed as to how you will report and use the results in comparison with other students.

Best Wishes,
Helenann

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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