Evaluating a Student's Reading Level for Placement within LLI

As back-to-school season approaches we thought it would be helpful to share some information for teachers who are just starting to use Leveled Literacy Intervention. There are, of course, many different options for evaluating and assessing student reading levels and proficiency, but using guided reading running/reading records is essential for placing students at the correct instructional level within LLI.  In order to identify the appropriate placement level for students in the Leveled Literacy Intervention system, you will need to use a text reading assessment. We recommend the Benchmark Assessment System as it directly correlates with Leveled Literacy Intervention; however, you may also use other leveled books to conduct running/reading records. The criteria below can serve as a guideline in determining students' reading levels and ultimately their placement in LLI.

Fountas & Pinnell Criteria for Instructional Level Reading
At levels A-K:

90-94% accuracy with excellent or satisfactory comprehension or 95-100% accuracy with limited comprehension.
At levels L-Z:
95-97% accuracy with excellent or satisfactory comprehension or 98-100% accuracy with limited comprehension.

Fountas & Pinnell Criteria for Independent Level Reading
At levels A-K:
95-100% accuracy with excellent or satisfactory comprehension.
At levels L-Z:
98-100% accuracy with excellent or satisfactory comprehension.

Fountas & Pinnell Criteria for Hard Level Reading
At levels A-K:
Below 90% accuracy with any comprehension score.
At levels L-Z:
Below 95% accuracy with any comprehension score.

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