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Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System

Company: Heinemann
Assessment: Yes
Instruction: no
Grades: K-8
Subject: Reading
Delivery: Teacher Administered
The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System was designed to place students appropriately into the Guided Reading program designed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. It is a standardized, teacher-administered, one-on-one assessment, that must be hand-scored by the teacher as well. The test consists primarily of running records, in which the teacher records such things as oral fluency, reading errors, self-correction ratios, and is followed by retelling and comprehension questions by the teacher. In addition, the teacher may choose to administer additional, separate assessments in vocabulary or phonics. Unlike DORA, the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment does not measure multiple facets of the reading process, nor does it provide prescriptive assessment results to be used in a variety of contexts.

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