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8 days ago
Topic:
plan for 20-21 assessing reading

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
FPUser165149 wrote:
I am currently exploring adopting the F and P benchmark assessment kits for our pre-K to grade 8 independent school. We have been using DRA, but I have been interested in F and P for a number of reasons. I understand that last spring many schools refrained from using an assessment tool in a virtual setting because the validity and reliability had not been tested in that platform or mode of delivery. Understanding that home environments are a big unpredictable/unknown factor in assessing virtually, it is important that we make our best attempt at assessing student learning, especially since we may be looking at most of a year in distance learning. Do you have any suggestions for adapting the F and P benchmark assessment system in an online platform to attempt to assess growth of students in reading?



Thank you for your inquiry. We recognize that these are challenging times and we are doing our best to make suggestions that will best meet the current situation.
Please see this blog for the last update providing suggestions for assessment during distance learning:
http://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/response-to-using-fountas-pinnell-benchmark-assessment-systems-during-remote-learning


https://www.fountasandpinnell.com/shared/videoplayer?id=8waqffkvfy&caption=Remote%20Learning%20Resources:%20Benchmark%20Assessment%20System


You can keep checking on suggestions for instruction and updates on materials and resources as they are made available at this link:
https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com


Best Wishes,
Helenann
8 days ago
Topic:
When can a student move up levels?

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
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
9 days ago
Topic:
plan for 20-21 assessing reading

FPUser165149
FPUser165149
Posts: 1
I am currently exploring adopting the F and P benchmark assessment kits for our pre-K to grade 8 independent school. We have been using DRA, but I have been interested in F and P for a number of reasons. I understand that last spring many schools refrained from using an assessment tool in a virtual setting because the validity and reliability had not been tested in that platform or mode of delivery. Understanding that home environments are a big unpredictable/unknown factor in assessing virtually, it is important that we make our best attempt at assessing student learning, especially since we may be looking at most of a year in distance learning. Do you have any suggestions for adapting the F and P benchmark assessment system in an online platform to attempt to assess growth of students in reading?
10 days ago
Topic:
When can a student move up levels?

AlyssaJaneBell
AlyssaJaneBell
Posts: 1
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)?
11 days ago
Topic:
Online Student Access to LLI intervention BTS2020?

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
FPUser30143 wrote:
Thank you for the amazing online resources you have provided since COVID related school closures. We are excited to learn of a student portal and access being made available for certain contexts of the F&P Classroom resources. Will a similar student access be made available for LLI resources for BTS2020/BACK TO SCHOOL 2020 ? Please let us know the expected date and platform for this online access. Many Literacy and Intervention Coordinators are urgently requesting an update. Thank you.

Jennifer Dow
Account Executive, Saskatchewan, Canada

Pearson Canada, School Division K12



Hi Jennifer,
We are starting with FPC and have received no further information regarding LLI. Please keep checking https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com with regard to the ‘roll out’ dates as the technical staff is working as diligently as possible to be ready for districts as they return to school. We do not currently have a specific date when student access will begin. We realize that this is a time sensitive matter and are hopeful it will be available very soon.

Best Wishes,
Helenann
12 days ago
Topic:
Mini-Lesson book

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
FPUser165027 wrote:
I have a similar question. I need one of my boots from my orange kit but cannot access the building. Does anyone know if there is a way to via them online or purchase online for immediate access?



All LLI books for the Orange (kindergarten) through Purple (grade 5) systems are located in the Online Resources. If you do not have an account, you will need to register at this link: https://resources.fountasandpinnell.com/login?returnUrl=%2Fproducts

Best Wishes,
Helenann
12 days ago
Topic:
Online Student Access to SR and GR - ETA?

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
FPUser30143 wrote:
Thank you for the amazing online resources you have provided since COVID related school closures. We are excited to learn of a student portal and access being made available for certain contexts of the F&P Classroom resources. Please let us know the expected date and platform for this online access. Many Literacy Coordinators are urgently requesting an update. Thank you.
Jennifer Dow
Account Executive, Saskatchewan, Canada
Pearson Canada, K12 School Division



Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you are finding the resources helpful. This has been a huge project. Currently the dates for new resources have not been announced. While this work is underway, please bookmark the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Remote Learning page as your central communication hub for updates including release dates as they become available.


Thank you for your inquiry,
Helenann
12 days ago
Topic:
LLI on a modified schedule

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
FPUser141995 wrote:
I'm an elementary school principal in New Mexico. My campus purchased LLI last year and experienced wonderful success with it in K-2. All of our teachers are on board for continuing LLI in the fall, especially since we missed quite a bit of instruction time at the end of the year and know many students will need extra support. I just found out that we will start the year with a modified schedule. Students will come to school two days each week Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri. They will learn online using pre-recorded science and social studies lessons as well as computer based programs on the days they are at home. The goal is to have fewer students on campus each day so we can practice social distancing. Since teachers will be teaching four days a week, they won't be able to lead LLI lessons virtually with groups of students who are learning at home. My question is - Can two LLI lessons be taught in a day (one AM and one PM)? That way students can receive four LLI lessons each week. Then we could send the books home for students to practice with while they are at home. If that won't work do you have any suggestions for continuing LLI with this schedule?
edited by FPUser141995 on 6/25/2020



We are glad you are finding LLI such a valuable tool. As you know, LLI is a very intensive program. Because of the intensity, we encourage teachers to stick with only one LLI lesson as well as including the students in one guided reading lesson per day. During Guided Reading, teachers will need to use the Literacy Continuum to reinforce appropriate strategic action reading behaviors as well as phonics and word work for the level. This protocol would mean they would have books being sent home from LLI as well as from the Guided Reading lesson.

Best Wishes for successful planning for the coming year,
Helenann
12 days ago
Topic:
F&P End of Year Reading Goals

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
FPUser115443 wrote:
What is the most recent guidance for end-of-year benchmark F&P reading goals for grades Kinder-8th? I'm finding some conflicting documents online so would love to hear what the most recent guidance is from F&P!
edited by FPUser115443 on 6/25/2020



An example of approximate expectations for a year of progress by grade level is shown in this chart: http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/resourcelibrary/id/334 The Instructional Level Expectations for Reading chart is intended to provide general guidelines for grade level goals which should be adjusted based on school/district requirements and professional teacher judgment. Currently we have no suggested change in expectations due to closing of schools during this challenging time. You can keep checking on suggestions for instruction and updates on materials and resources available at this link:
https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/tag/home


Best Wishes,
Helenann
12 days ago
Topic:
Mini-Lesson book

FPUser165027
FPUser165027
Posts: 1
I have a similar question. I need one of my boots from my orange kit but cannot access the building. Does anyone know if there is a way to via them online or purchase online for immediate access?
13 days ago
Topic:
Online Student Access to LLI intervention BTS2020?

FPUser30143
FPUser30143
Posts: 3
Thank you for the amazing online resources you have provided since COVID related school closures. We are excited to learn of a student portal and access being made available for certain contexts of the F&P Classroom resources. Will a similar student access be made available for LLI resources for BTS2020/BACK TO SCHOOL 2020 ? Please let us know the expected date and platform for this online access. Many Literacy and Intervention Coordinators are urgently requesting an update. Thank you.

Jennifer Dow
Account Executive, Saskatchewan, Canada

Pearson Canada, School Division K12
13 days ago
Topic:
Online Student Access to SR and GR - ETA?

FPUser30143
FPUser30143
Posts: 3
Thank you for the amazing online resources you have provided since COVID related school closures. We are excited to learn of a student portal and access being made available for certain contexts of the F&P Classroom resources. Please let us know the expected date and platform for this online access. Many Literacy Coordinators are urgently requesting an update. Thank you.
Jennifer Dow
Account Executive, Saskatchewan, Canada
Pearson Canada, K12 School Division
14 days ago
Topic:
LLI on a modified schedule

FPUser141995
FPUser141995
Posts: 1
I'm an elementary school principal in New Mexico. My campus purchased LLI last year and experienced wonderful success with it in K-2. All of our teachers are on board for continuing LLI in the fall, especially since we missed quite a bit of instruction time at the end of the year and know many students will need extra support. I just found out that we will start the year with a modified schedule. Students will come to school two days each week Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri. They will learn online using pre-recorded science and social studies lessons as well as computer based programs on the days they are at home. The goal is to have fewer students on campus each day so we can practice social distancing. Since teachers will be teaching four days a week, they won't be able to lead LLI lessons virtually with groups of students who are learning at home. My question is - Can two LLI lessons be taught in a day (one AM and one PM)? That way students can receive four LLI lessons each week. Then we could send the books home for students to practice with while they are at home. If that won't work do you have any suggestions for continuing LLI with this schedule?
edited by FPUser141995 on 6/25/2020
14 days ago
Topic:
F&P End of Year Reading Goals

FPUser115443
FPUser115443
Posts: 6
What is the most recent guidance for end-of-year benchmark F&P reading goals for grades Kinder-8th? I'm finding some conflicting documents online so would love to hear what the most recent guidance is from F&P!
edited by FPUser115443 on 6/25/2020
19 days ago
Topic:
Progress Monitoring Chart

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
bmbrown wrote:
We are wondering if you plan to revise the 10 Month Progress Monitoring chart to reflect the school closures and lack of "in person" guided reading instruction. If you are not, will you be releasing a guide for how to readjust levels for students who have been participating in remote learning since March 2020?

For example, we had 1st graders leave us in March "on level" at Level G. If they come back in September and are still reading at a Level G - could we consider those students to be on level (even though the chart states that students at the beginning of 2nd grade should be reading at Level I/J)? Or would they be considered below grade level benchmark?

Thank you!



You have asked a great question and we currently have not received any new direction. The challenges are many, since schools used a variety of responses for continued instruction. This variation of continued instruction and support would greatly impact the development of a new chart. You could definitely use the 10 Month Progress Monitoring Chart to assist the decisions for your own district, based on the time school was no longer is session, as you suggested. However we currently have no data or research to support this. According to the chart for grade 1, the reasonable instructional expectation for students in March would be Level H indicating that the student could be considered reading on grade level. https://www.fountasandpinnell.com/Authenticated/ResourceDocuments/ProgressMonitor-10mos%20-%20by%20level_OCT2017.pdf

Again, these are such unprecedented times that I would encourage you to keep checking the blog for updates. The most current FAQ blog is linked here: http://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com/faqs-for-fountas-pinnell-literacy-remote-learning

We continue attempting to update and support teachers and parents during this time.
Helenann
20 days ago
Topic:
Progress Monitoring Chart

bmbrown
bmbrown
Posts: 1
We are wondering if you plan to revise the 10 Month Progress Monitoring chart to reflect the school closures and lack of "in person" guided reading instruction. If you are not, will you be releasing a guide for how to readjust levels for students who have been participating in remote learning since March 2020?

For example, we had 1st graders leave us in March "on level" at Level G. If they come back in September and are still reading at a Level G - could we consider those students to be on level (even though the chart states that students at the beginning of 2nd grade should be reading at Level I/J)? Or would they be considered below grade level benchmark?

Thank you!
22 days ago
Topic:
Copies of Books for Students

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
FPUser74540 wrote:
Hello,

We are thinking it would be helpful for students to have hard copies of books to read at home. Are PDFs or printable versions of the LLI books available? If not, do you have any suggestions for how to help students access the books at home? We find some of our younger students have a hard time reading from the screen.



Currently there is no provision for printable texts from the Online Resources due to copyright. The only ‘hard copies’ available are the colored or black and white copies available in the catalog. If you have not already done so, you might check with your technical department to suggest available options using your district’s remote programs. You might also go to the Facebook page to see what other teachers might suggest:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FountasPinnell/
Please keep checking https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com for other options as they become available. We are trying to accommodate teacher requests as much as possible!


Best wishes and thank you for your inquiry!
Helenann
23 days ago
Topic:
Copies of Books for Students

FPUser74540
FPUser74540
Posts: 1
Hello,

We are thinking it would be helpful for students to have hard copies of books to read at home. Are PDFs or printable versions of the LLI books available? If not, do you have any suggestions for how to help students access the books at home? We find some of our younger students have a hard time reading from the screen.
26 days ago
Topic:
LLI Student Access to Books

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
terrivcs wrote:
I see that FPC users will have student access to both shared and guided reading books for remote learning - will LLI users soon have student access to LLI guided reading books as well? It would be helpful to have access and be able to reread books used in our remote learning lessons. Maybe there is a way to have a short term link (like a week) for students to access a book. This seems like an equity issue, if regular ed FPC students can access books, as LLI students also need their books.



Our goal is to meet the needs of teachers and students to the best of our ability. Changes are being made to the Online Resources on a regular basis. Although I do not have specifics at this time, please keep checking the blog for updates to the materials available at this link: https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com

Best Wishes for a successful year ahead,
Helenann
26 days ago
Topic:
LLI Teal

Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Posts: 885
Michele816 wrote:
I am a reading interventionist working with middle school students. As all other LLI kits/books have been made available digitally, my question is why the Teal Kit has not been? It is by far the most difficult challenge to locate quality, vetted and age appropriate short text/guided reading-type books for older students and it has been such a loss not to have access to the Teal books during Distance Learning. With the likely continuation of Distance Learning or some Hybrid, can we expect that the Teal Kit will be made available?



Hi Michele,
We have not been notified regarding the addition of LLI Teal books at this point. However, changes are being made to the Online Resources on a regular basis as we negotiate our way through this period. Please keep checking on the blog for changes and additions linked here: https://fpblog.fountasandpinnell.com

Best Wishes for a successful start to the new academic year,
Helenann




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