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

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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.


Chrisie Moritz is a Fountas and Pinnell-endorsed consultant. She is a National Board certified literacy coach in Fairfax County, Virginia where she teaches, facilitates professional development sessions, and coaches other educators. She presents at conferences and consults with school districts across the country on various topics related to literacy instruction. Chrisie co-authored the book Powerful Book Introductions: Leading with Meaning to Promote Thinking (2017) with Kathleen Fay and Suzanne Whaley. She has taught at Title I schools in North Carolina and Virginia and served as a Reading Recovery® teacher, Literacy Collaborative District Trainer, and adjunct professor at East Carolina University.

Who Should Participate

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


The cost of this four-part webinar series is $159.00 per person. Tuition includes access to the recorded webinar series for 30 days, which begins on the date you receive the link. Please note, access cannot be extended past 30 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.


Upcoming Dates & Locations

02/18/2016-12/31/2025 - Recorded Webinar

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Availability: Available When: 02/18/2016 - 12/31/2025* Where: Online