Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™

Fountas & Pinnell™ is a reading benchmark assessment which is used to identify instructional reading levels.

What is a benchmark assessment?

A benchmark assessment system is a series of texts that can be used to identify a student's current reading level and progress along a gradient of text levels over time. The word "benchmark" means a standard against which to measure something.

Why is benchmark assessment a valuable use of time?

Educators can:

  • Determine students' independent and instructional reading levels.
  • Determine reading placement levels and group students for reading instruction.
  • Select texts that will be productive for student's instruction.
  • Assess the outcomes of teaching.
  • Assess a new student's reading level for independent reading and instruction.
  • Identify students who need intervention.
  • Document student progress across a school year and across grade levels.
Additional information about the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark assessment can be found here.