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Benchmark Assessment System - Coding, Scoring, Analyzing and Assessing

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Webinar Dates

Four, 75-minute webinar sessions from 10:00am-11:15am Eastern Standard Time.

  • Monday, July 13, 2020
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020

Please note that these webinars are recorded and made available to all participants the following day.


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.

The following is a description of the learning objectives to be met within each session of this series.

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: In session two, 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 19 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, curriculum specialists.


The cost of this Webinar Series is $199.00 per person. If you register a group of three to nine people at the same time there is a discounted rate of $189.00 per person. When signing up ten or more participants at one time, please call in advance for large group discount pricing. This includes a certificate of attendance for .5 CEU credits equivalent to 5 class participation hours. Tuition includes access to the recorded webinar sessions for 90 days from the date of purchase.


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).


Participants will receive a series of email correspondence from Heinemann. The first email confirmation will serve as your receipt for the webinar series along with some general instructions on how to prepare your computer for the webinar. The second email confirmation will be sent approximately 2 days prior to each webinar date with a link to our webinar platform Zoom, directing you to the webinar class and giving you instructions on how to log in.

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If your computer needs any software upgrades, Zoom will walk you through the updates.

Note: We encourage group participation, however, we require that each person be registered. For group pricing information please call 800-541-2086, ext. 1100.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

07/13/2020-07/16/2020 - Starts July 13, 2020- 10:00-11:15am EST

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Availability: Available When: 07/13/2020 - 07/16/2020* Where: Online

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