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Reading & Literacy


The reading assessment is currently being used by classrooms in grades K-5 at all eight of the RBUSD elementary schools is called the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment. Data ascertained through the assessment by classroom teachers at the beginning of the year is used to determine a benchmark for instructional purposes and as a gauge to evaluate progress made on reading fluency and comprehension throughout the year. SEE CHART BELOW FOR F & P LADDER OF PROGRESS.

Research and Reliability
Parents or guardians who would like to learn more about the research and reliability of the this assessment tool can read more here.

What is the Benchmark Assessment System?
The Benchmark Assessment System is a one-on-one, comprehensive assessment to determine independent and instructional reading levels. It is used to place students on the Fountas & Pinnell A-Z reading level scale.  This reading assessment efficiently and accurately assesses a student's independent and instructional reading levels, which can then be used by the teacher and student to select appropriate texts for instruction and serve as a benchmark for measuring progress.

Conducting benchmark assessment allows teachers to...
  • 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.
  • Inform parent of student progress.

What will you see on a student's report card?
At Tulita, teachers report on a student's INSTRUCTIONAL reading level. This is the level that a student can comfortably read at independently at an accuracy rate of 95-97% and with satisfactory or excellent comprehension.

Literacy and Reader Behaviors 

At Tulita Elementary we work to ensure that all students become proficient readers and writers.  We strive to meet the needs of every child and ensure that along their journey into becoming literate citizens, our students have opportunities to read and write for enjoyment and purposes that matter to them!
Throughout the school year, our teachers use assessment data to monitor progress and drive instructional goals.  We recognize that literacy acquisition is personal; all students grow and change as readers and writers on their own timeline.  We are prepared to provide intervention for students who may need extra support in the process of learning to read and write.
Reading with and to your child will always be one of the best ways to not only bond, but help them form a habit of reading and a love of books that will last a lifetime.   If you are curious to see what types of behaviors we expect from readers at certain levels as well as what you can talk to your child about, please check out our parent resources on the right!