Fontas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessments

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.

What is the Fontas & Pinnell System?
This document explains the benchmark assessment system created by Fontas & Pinnell.
Instructional Levels of Fontas & Pinnell
Use this chart to determine the targeted benchmark level for your student.
Fontas & Pinnell More Info for Parents
This document provides some additional information for Parents regarding the Fontas & Pinnell assessments.
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