Fountas and Pinnel Benchmark Assessment System - Grades K-6

This reading assessment efficiently and accurately assesses a student's independent and instructional reading levels, which can then be used by the teacher and student to select appropriate texts for instruction and serve as a benchmark for measuring progress.

Assessment Overview

This reading assessment is currently being used by all classrooms in grades K-6 at all four of the elementary schools and at the 5-6 Englesby Intermediate. Data ascertained through the assessment by classroom teachers at the beginning of the year is used to determine a benchmark for instructional puposes and as a gauge to evaluate progress made on reading fluency and comprehension throughout the year. Students in grades K-4 are assessed three times a year at the beginning, mid-point and end of the year. Grades 5-6 students are all assessed at the begining and end of the year, while only those identified as reading below the identified text grade level in the Fountas and Pinnel Ladder of Progress,

are assessed at the mid point of the year to determine if effective progress is being made towards reaching on grade level fluency and comprehension. 

Research and Reliability

Parents or guardians who would like to learn more about the sustantive research and reliability of the this assessment tool can read more at:

Additonal Information

If you have any additional questions, you can either call your child's building Principal, the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment or view additonal information at the Fountas and Pinnel website at

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