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Benchmark Assessment System 2, 3rd Edition

Grades 3-8, Levels L-Z

By Irene Fountas, Gay Su Pinnell

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System is used to identify the instructional and independent reading levels of students with accuracy and reliability. Through original, precise texts and tools, teachers can observe and quantify specific reading behaviors, and then interpret and use that data to plan meaningful, responsive teaching. 



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A message from literacy leaders Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell about the 3rd edition:

“In our ongoing work in schools, we observed many teachers administering and scoring the comprehension conversation. It became clear that gaining strong behavioral evidence of understanding using talk as evidence was new or unfamiliar to many teachers. Many teachers were not having enough opportunity for continuous professional development in standardized administration and scoring. It was clear we needed to create additional guidance and structures to make the administration and scoring more standardized across teachers. Therefore, we created more detailed assessment guidelines. We also created new comprehension conversation rubrics to more clearly define the criteria for each comprehension score. With the clear guidelines and rubrics, we are confident that teachers will achieve consistency. The new guidelines and rubric will enable teachers to sharpen their observation of students’ reading behaviors and strengthen the connection from assessment to instruction. With refinement comes reflection - reflect on your assessment analysis and observations, and engage in a discussion with colleagues to plan rich and comprehensive literacy experiences that meet learners where they are and bring them forward with intention and precision.”

Features of this exciting new edition include:

  • A refined comprehension conversation to account for more rigorous administration, analysis, and scoring
  • Updated Assessment Guide and recording forms
  • NEW Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Second Edition
  • Updated Leveled Books include factual revisions to some nonfiction books and minor revisions to some fiction books
  • All NEW Professional Development and Tutorial videos
  • Updated Online Data Management System (ODMS) to accommodate both BAS 2nd edition and 3rd edition scoring
  • Updated BAS Reading Record App (available for separate purchase from Apple iTunes)


  • How does the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System contribute to my knowledge of children and how they develop as readers? 

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum (Fountas and Pinnell, Heinemann, 2008, 2011, 2016, 2022) is the foundation for instruction. You can make a direct link from the data gathered with the assessment to The Continuum's specific behaviors to notice, teach, and support in every instructional context related to literacy. The Professional Development videos are another rich resource. They are designed to help you conduct efficient and effective assessments, learn how to interpret the results, and connect results to instruction. Over time, observations made through the assessment, instruction designed to move the child ahead from level to level, and follow-up assessment will deepen your understanding of literacy development.

  • Can I use a mix of Benchmark Assessment materials from the 2ndand 3rdedition?
    No. Changes have been made to both the benchmark books and the recording forms. Using BAS 2nd edition books with BAS 3rd edition recording forms will not work because the text of the book and the text on the form will not always match, which will affect your ability to score a reader’s accuracy.
  • Why is it important for everyone in my school to use the same edition?
    We understand the critical importance of maintaining consistency in assessment protocols within schools and across districts. Due to modifications in the scoring rubrics, it is important for all classrooms and/or teachers to be using the same edition. Co-mingling of 2nd and 3rd edition of BAS within the same school is not recommended for the following reasons:
    • Scoring has been refined. Increased rigor in administration and analysis will result in more consistent scoring and determination of students’ instructional and independent levels.
    • As a result, assessing students with BAS 2e may result in a slightly higher score than peers assessed in BAS 3e. It is important to maintain consistency in assessment protocols within schools/districts and continue to asses with BAS 2e or convert to BAS 3e.
    • While the more rigorous comprehension scoring will be reflected in the ODMS for BAS 3e, all student assessment data from all editions will continue to exist within the ODMS.

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