VALLEY VIEW 365U

COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Fountas & Pinnell

Fountas & Pinnell is a reading benchmark assessment primarily used by Valley View Elementary staff.

What is a benchmark assessment?
A benchmark assessment system is a series of texts that can be used to identify a student's current reading level and progress along a gradient of text levels over time. The word "benchmark" means a standard against which to measure something.

Why is benchmark assessment a valuable use of time?
Educators can:
Determine students' independent and instructional reading levels.
Determine reading placement levels and group students for reading instruction.
Select texts that will be productive for student's instruction.
Assess the outcomes of teaching.
Assess a new student's reading level for independent reading and instruction.
Identify students who need intervention.
Document student progress across a school year and across grade levels.
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