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kkhull
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8/23/2011
kkhull
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In our district, student assessment scores are entered into an online data base that administrators are encouraged to examine. Principals believe all students should make at least one year's growth each year (4 F & P levels). If, for example, a second grade student is reading above grade level in the fall (Level M), and is still reading above grade level at the end of 2nd grade (Level O), some principals would question why the student didn't make a year's growth or 4 levels across the F & P chart. How do we convey that there is merit in breadth of instruction for a child of this age? What would be considered "a year's growth" for this child who is reading outside the grade level band?
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Emily F. (Moderator)
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9/27/2011
Emily F. (Moderator)
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Hi there -- I'm going to move this thread from "Start Your Own Discussion Thread" to "Fountas and Pinnell" so that others interested in the subject will be more likely to see it. Thank you for posting it!
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The Fountas & Pinnell Team
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9/28/2011
Districts have to make a decision on how far above grade level they want to go with their higher readers in pursuit of an instructional level. Instructional level includes accuracy and comprehension (Figure 3.6 in Assessment Guide). To determine a placement level (the best level for instruction), you are considering accuracy, comprehension, fluency, and processing strategies. This may help you as you consider your higher readers who are great decoders but may need instruction in thinking within, beyond and about the text. They also need to learn to read and write across a wide range of genre so there is plenty to teach without having a second grader getting into text that is not age appropriate just because they can decode any text level given to them. These are your readers already reading above grade level -- you can measure reading growth in other ways besides what level they are reading.

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