Benchmark Assessment System, 2nd Edition: Overview

Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System 1, 2nd Edition

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) seamlessly links assessment to instruction along The Continuum of Literacy Learning. This comprehensive system for one-on-one assessment reliably and systematically matches students' instructional and independent reading abilities to the F&P Text Level Gradient™.

Fountas & Pinnell describe the SECOND EDITION

"As we work with teachers and students, we continually refine our assessment and instructional systems to provide the most current, efficient measurement tools and teaching supports for improved decision making and data reporting on behalf of students. With the Second Edition, we have made key changes based on widespread use of the BAS.

Based on the feedback of many teachers and administrators, we have made changes in the Assessment Guide that will provide stronger support for professional development and support teachers in using the BAS with efficiency. The Continuum of Literacy Learning also has a more user-friendly design.

Because of the greater attention to pre-kindergarten literacy, we have expanded The Continuum of Literacy Learning to include continua that will support teachers in this area. We have also updated some of the principles to reflect changes in assessment and learning.

While the student texts for the BAS are essentially the same (to provide consistency with the first edition), we have provided new designs for the BAS2 fiction books that will have greater appeal to pre-adolescents and adolescents and made a few minor changes in the nonfiction texts to reflect current knowledge. Based on observation, we have adjusted word count in nonfiction texts to reflect reading section headings.

The guide for the comprehension conversation at levels A to K has been adjusted slightly to have greater emphasis on thinking about the author's craft. The scoring rubric however remains the same. You will also find a new DVD with many examples to support professional development.

For more details about the changes click here.

By the way, if you are currently using the 2008 Edition and plan to combine it with the Second Edition in your school, you might want to order a complimentary Compatibility Pack."

—Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

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