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. Specific features of the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System enable you to:

  • Determine your students' independent and instructional reading levels
  • Group students for reading instruction
  • Select texts that will be productive for a 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 and extra help
  • Document student progress across a school year and across grade levels
  • Create class profiles
  • Inform parent conferences


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