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September 16. 2016

Twitter Chat: A Conversation on Benchmark Assessment Systems 1 and 2, Third Edition

As the new school year begins, so do the monthly Fountas & Pinnell Twitter Chats. On Thursday night, September 15, 2016, the Fountas & Pinnell learning community joined Gay and Irene for "A Conversation on Benchmark Assessment Systems 1 and 2, Third Edition." Below is the transcript of the conversation. You can follow us on Twitter here: @FountasPinnell and if you’re wondering how to get started on Twitter and how to participate in a chat, check out this free resource from Heinemann on Twitter for Educators. All of our chats follow the hashtag #FPLiteracy

Before you begin reading about the chat, some thoughts from Gay and Irene about Benchmark Assessment: 

  • If assessment does not result in improved teaching then its value in school diminishes greatly. 
  • Meet students where they are and bring them forward with intention and precision. 
  • Assessment is not teaching; it is gathering information for teaching.  
  • The ability to observe, analyze, and interpret reading behavior is foundational to effective teaching. 
  • The interpretation and use of benchmark data are more important than the scores themselves.
August 29. 2016

Making Your Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) Conferences Efficient and Informative

This is the time of year for getting to know each of your new students as unique individuals in your classroom community. Your BAS conference is a wonderful opportunity to spend a short time with each child to get a big payoff.

Think about the following tips as they may help you establish more efficient and informative BAS conferences with your students. More...