Assessment Linked to Instruction: The First Step Toward Helping Struggling Readers

A one-on-one, comprehensive assessment to determine independent and instructional reading levels and for placing students on the Fountas & Pinnell A-Z Text Gradient.

With the all-new Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, the authors respond to the demands teachers and administrators have expressed over the years. Specifically, Fountas and Pinnell:

  • Recognized the need for a comprehensive assessment system that is intimately and gracefully linked to classroom instruction
  • Recognized the absence of a reliable and specific system for matching students’ instructional and independent reading abilities to the comprehensive Fountas and Pinnell A-Z text gradient
  • Recognized that existing systems for assessing reading lacked the kind of detailed and quantifiable assessment of reading comprehension that is crucial to truly understanding children
  • Recognized that this essential piece was missing from their systematic support for literacy instruction.

Developed by the authors in response to these demands, the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System is every bit as revolutionary as Guided Reading was in 1996 and reflects the same exquisite quality and attention to critical aspects of teaching and learning.


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