Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell are committed to the important role of research on reading in the ongoing development and evaluation of Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC). Find the latest research and efficacy on FPC below.
The Research Base for Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™
Effective literacy instruction demands that research-based evidence is understood in concert with practice-based evidence and close attention to what an individual child can and cannot yet do. It also arises within the context of a careful examination of values and beliefs about literacy and what it takes to prepare children to be literate citizens of the world.
Like other effective comprehensive systems, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ rests on a thorough and thoughtful examination of existing research. Data gathered from implementation of FPC demonstrates positive evidence of gains.
What follows is an extensive review of the foundational research underpinning the development of FPC, along with recent research that supports and aligns with a comprehensive literacy system.
The Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Research Base
This resource contains the research base for Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™, a cohesive, multi-text approach to literacy instruction for all students in grades PreK-6.
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Alignment of Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™
These documents are a guide for educators to see examples of how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts are met throughout the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) system.
Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™: Spotlight on Midway Independent School District
The educators at Midway Independent School District sought an alternative method of literacy instruction beyond a traditional reading program, but their experience with Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) since 2018 has surpassed their expectations. Teachers have received a newfound confidence in their approach to literacy from the rich materials and scaffolded instruction of FPC. Beyond a new level of competency in literacy as measured through assessments and report cards, FPC has influenced the culture at Midway ISD, turning reluctant students into avid readers. A full spectrum of students have received a new level of support in their journey to read, including populations such as economically disadvantaged students, special education students, and advanced students.
Fountas & Pinnell Classroom: Spotlight on Midway Independent School District
Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™: Spotlight on Hillsboro City Schools
Hillsboro City Schools, in Hillsboro, OH, is a district with over 2,000 students spread across five schools. Hillsboro adopted Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) during the 2018-2019 school year. Before implementation, Hillsboro Primary School 3rd grade achieved fewer scores at or above proficient compared to similar districts and the state average, then doubled or nearly doubled its proficiency advantage over both groups respectively after the first year of implementation.