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Using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems to determine student’s independent and instructional reading levels, teachers are able to observe student reading behaviors one-on-one, engage in comprehension conversations that go beyond retelling, and make informed decisions that connect assessment to instruction.

What is it?

Teachers’ most reliable resource to accurately and reliably identify each child’s instructional and independent reading levels according to the F&P Text Level GradientTM, A–Z and document their progress through one-on-one formative and summative assessments. The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems provide teachers with precise tools and texts to observe and quantify specific reading behaviours, and then interpret and use that data to plan meaningful instruction.

Versioned for the Australian market, the new third edition includes updated components, levelled books, and online resources.

Third edition features:

  • A refined comprehension conversation for more rigorous administration, analysis and scoring
  • Updated Assessment Guide and record forms
  • New Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition
  • Updated Levelled books including factual revisions to some nonfiction books and minor revisions to some fiction books

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Who is it for?

Identify each student’s reading level during this one-on-one, student-teacher assessment conference.

Each assessment enables teachers to:

  • Determine students’ instructional and independent reading levels
  • Recommend a placement level for instruction
  • Form initial groups for reading instruction
  • Plan for efficient and effective instruction
  • Identify students who need intervention and extra help
  • Monitor and report student progress across a school year and grade levels
  • Assess the outcomes of teaching
  • Inform parent conferences.

What is inside?

All components of the system are conveniently packaged in a sturdy box that includes hanging file folders in which to organise the benchmark books and Recording Forms by level for easy access.

System components:

  • Leveled Assessment Books
  • Assessment Guide
  • Assessment Forms Book
  • Student Forms Book
  • The Fountas & Pinnell LiteracyTM Continuum
  • BAS Online Data Management System (ODMS)
  • Online Resources
  • Professional Development and Tutorial Videos
  • Student Folders
  • F&P Calculator/Stopwatch
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How is it implemented?

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems (BAS) assessments are conducted one-on-one.

In Part 1 of the assessment, the student reads aloud and talks about the system’s original, precisely leveled fiction and nonfiction books, while the teacher observes and notes the reader’s behaviours on carefully constructed forms.

In Part 2, the teacher conducts a revealing Comprehension Conversation. Optional Part 3 uses a Writing About Reading prompt to elicit response to the text.

Professional Development

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum: Professional Development Workshop

For educators who use the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS), an engaging and practical workshop designed to help you leverage the breadth of The Literacy Continuum, the core teaching resource in each BAS system. Learn how to identify emphases for teaching using BAS results, and how to plan and teach to improve students' Literacy skills using The Literacy Continuum.


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Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment
System: Professional Development Workshop

Participants will thoroughly examine the Benchmark Assessment System and explore how to utilise the system to accurately benchmark students and design effective literacy instruction that meets the needs of all students.


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St John Bosco Primary School

Julie and Marc from St John Bosco Primary School, Victoria, share their school's success with LLI and Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS).


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