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Benchmark Assessment System - Coding, Scoring, Analyzing, and Assessing

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Date and Time

Four, 75-minute webinar sessions from 4:00pm to 5:15pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Monday, August 16, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021
  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021

Please note that this webinar series is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


This webinar series is designed to support teachers as they learn to administer the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System so that they can reliably and systematically match students' instructional and independent reading abilities to the F&P Text Level Gradient™.

Through demonstration and hands-on practice, participants will learn to analyze results of the assessment and use them to plan power-packed instruction that cater to students' strengths and needs.

Learning Objectives

Session 1 - Getting Started and an Introduction to Coding Reading Behaviors: We will begin our work together with an overview of the Benchmark Assessment System components. After familiarizing ourselves with the system, we will begin to learn how to code reading behaviors.

Session 2 - Coding, Scoring, and Analyzing Reading Behaviors: We will continue our work on coding reading behaviors and go beyond it to score and analyze our results. We will also learn how to evaluate students' oral reading fluency.

Session 3 - Assessing Comprehension and Consolidating Assessment Results: In this session, we will consider the comprehension conversation as well as writing about reading in determining how students comprehended what was read. We will then pull all assessment measures together to summarize results.

Session 4 - Using Assessment to Inform Instruction: In our final session, we will consider how to use assessment results to guide decisions about grouping students, selecting texts, and selecting goals for instruction.


Nilaja Taylor has served in the field of education for the past nineteen years. She is dedicated to fostering quality learning experiences that cultivate the desire to learn in students. Throughout her career Nilaja served in various roles within the field, which include: District Coordinator for Elementary Schools, Senior Reading Specialist at Columbia's Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Instructional Facilitator, Literacy Coach, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and an ELL teacher. Nilaja concentrates in literacy and specializes in collaborating with administrators and instructional staff in incorporating best practices in literacy instruction that support the needs of all learners, including the linguistically and culturally diverse population.

Who should participate?

Teachers of grades K-8, literacy coaches, reading teachers/specialists, administrators, and curriculum specialists.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this four-part webinar series is $125.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the webinar series recording for 60 days.


Participants must own or have access to a Benchmark Assessment System before the start of the webinar series. If you do not own or have access to a Benchmark Assessment System you may purchase either system (1 or 2) on our website. Please click here for Benchmark Assessment System 1 (Grades K-2, Levels A-N) and here for Benchmark Assessment System 2 (Grades 3-8, Levels L-Z).


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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Note: We encourage group participation; however, we require that each person be registered and provide a unique email address.

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

08/16/2021-08/19/2021 - Starts August 16, 2021- 4:00-5:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 08/16/2021 - 08/19/2021* Where: Online

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