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Third edition now available!


Versioned for the Australasian market, the third edition includes updated components,

levelled Benchmark Books, and new online resources



Highly respected and effective

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems (BAS) accurately and reliably identify the instructional and independent reading levels of students:


  • document the progression of students through one-on-one formative and summative assessments 
  • use precise tools and texts to observe and quantify specific reading behaviours
  • work with assessment data to plan meaningful, responsive instruction.



How is it implemented?


The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems (BAS) assessments are conducted one-on-one.

In Part 1 of the assessment, the student reads aloud and talks about the system’s original, precisely levelled fiction and nonfiction books, while the teacher observes and notes the reader’s behaviours on carefully constructed forms.

In Part 2, the teacher conducts a revealing Comprehension Conversation.

Optional Part 3 uses a Writing About Reading prompt to elicit response to the text.





Features of the third edition include:

  • A refined comprehension conversation for more rigorous adminisation, analysis and scoring document the progression of students through one-on-one formative and summative assessments
  • Updated Assessment Guide and record forms
  • New Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition
  • Updated Levelled books including factual revisions to some nonfiction books and minor revisions to some fiction books





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