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Turn struggling readers into successful readers with engaging levelled books
and fast-paced, systematically designed lessons.

What is it?

The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) is an intensive, small-group, supplementary literacy intervention for students who find reading and writing difficult. The goal of LLI is to lift the literacy achievement of students who are not achieving grade-level expectations in reading. The LLI systems are designed to:

  • Advance the literacy learning of students not meeting grade-level expectations in reading
  • Deepen and expand comprehension with close reading
  • Elevate the expertise of teachers
  • Increase reading volume by engaging students in large amounts of successful daily reading
  • Increase student engagement with books that build knowledge
  • Intervene with small groups of struggling readers to maximise growth
  • Meet the needs of struggling readers
  • Monitor student progress.


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Who is it for?

The LLI systems are designed to be used with small groups of students who need intensive support to achieve grade-level competencies in grades K through 12.

It also provides strong support for students who are acquiring English as an additional language and are receiving classroom reading instruction in English.

You may also decide to include students who are identified as having special needs if the content of LLI meets the educational program specifications for the student.

What is inside?

The Leveled Literacy Intervention systems all feature a wide selection of engaging, carefully written and leveled student books and fast-paced lessons designed for students who are falling below grade-level expectations in reading. Each system also includes tools to facilitate successful implementation.


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How is it implemented?

When implementing LLI, the first goal is to identify the students that need intensive support to reach grade-level competencies and find the instructional reading level for each of them. For entry into LLI, it will be necessary to assess the students’ instructional and independent reading levels. The more precise the initial assessment, the more effective teaching will be.

Fountas and Pinnell recommend that schools use the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System to determine the instructional reading level for each student. For schools that do not have access to the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, teachers can:

  • Use other benchmark assessments you have in your school or district.
  • Use the information from any alternative assessments used in the district.
  • Schools may have many students who do not meet expectations for grade-level reading, or cannot fully participate and learn from the level of instruction in the classroom. These students benefit from LLI.

In forming LLI groups, it is ideal to meet individual needs and provide the very specific instruction each reader needs to move forward. Once the instructional levels of the students are determined, small groups of readers who are similar enough that teachers can begin lessons at a particular level can be formed. The priority should be to group students efficiently and effectively so that you can teach them at the appropriate level.

Professional Development

Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention: Professional Development Workshop

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • understand how to effectively implement LLI within the context of a comprehensive and integrated literacy curriculum.
  • identify behaviours and understandings that indicate a need for literacy intervention.
  • effectively assess, plan and teach with LLI.
  • understand the value of ongoing professional learning to improve student literacy outcomes.


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Visit a school using LLI

Find out first-hand how schools just like yours have improved student outcomes through the use of Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI).

Learn how LLI can be used in the classroom, ask your questions directly to a teacher using LLI and share ideas for setting up, implementing and making the most of LLI at your school.


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Webinar recordings

1. Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI). This webinar unpacks the system features, and introduces how LLI will get students back up to the grade reading level.


2. 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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