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Benchmark Passages

Assess with Printable Running Records

  • Sit one-on-one with each student to observe qualitative reading behavior.
  • Score a printed running record as a student reads aloud for quantitative measures.

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Find students' instructional levels by assessing their reading skills with developmentally appropriate texts while recording reading behavior. Benchmark Passages are short text selections that are one part of a three-part process to help place students at their instructional levels for leveled reading sessions and to assess their readiness to progress to the next level.

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Level aa
My Animals
My Animals
Fiction
A little boy has many toy animals.
The Animals in Summer
The Animals in Summer
Nonfiction
Animals have sun, grass, and mud in summer.
The Little House
The Little House
Fiction
A child plays with a doll house.
The Spring Day
The Spring Day
Nonfiction
Children enjoy spring weather.
View level A features and chart
  • A
Level A
He Has Two
He Has Two
Fiction
A man has two of a number of things.
Here is a One
Here is a One
Nonfiction
Here are numbers 1-7.
This Plane
This Plane
Nonfiction
A plane moves in different ways.
Three Birds
Three Birds
Fiction
Three birds show different positions related to a birdhouse.
View level B features and chart
  • B
Level B
We Read About Animals
We Read About Animals
Fiction
A child and an adult read a book about some animals.
Big and Little
Big and Little
Nonfiction
Many things are big and little.
Near the Pond
Near the Pond
Nonfiction
Many animals are near the pond.
Ted Sees a Pond
Ted Sees a Pond
Fiction
While on a walk, Ted and his dog see a pond and the things that live there.
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Level C
Monkeys Have Many Feelings
Monkeys Have Many Feelings
Nonfiction
Monkeys can have the same feelings we do.
The Moon Can Look Different
The Moon Can Look Different
Fiction
Many things are under the orange moon.
It Is A Birthday Party
It Is A Birthday Party
Fiction
A child has a birthday party with friends.
What Will You Have at a Party?
What Will You Have at a Party?
Nonfiction
Learn what you will do at a birthday party.
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  • D
Level D
We Use Our Senses
We Use Our Senses
Nonfiction
We can use our senses to learn about things in the woods.
I See Tall Trees
I See Tall Trees
Fiction
I see the life cycle of trees in the woods.
At the Playground
At the Playground
Fiction
I can do many things at the playground.
Animals Like to Eat
Animals Like to Eat
Nonfiction
Animals like to eat different things.
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Level E
I Need Shoes to Play Soccer
I Need Shoes to Play Soccer
Fiction
What kind of shoes do I need to play soccer?
Shoes in Different Seasons
Shoes in Different Seasons
Nonfiction
Different shoes are best for different seasons.
Jen and Ben Learn About Farms
Jen and Ben Learn About Farms
Fiction
Jen and Ben learn how various plants grow on a farm.
Where Birds Make Nests
Where Birds Make Nests
Nonfiction
Different birds need different places to nest.
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  • F
Level F
Colors
Colors
Nonfiction
By mixing paint colors, people can produce other colors.
Energy Helps My Body Move
Energy Helps My Body Move
Fiction
A body takes energy in and uses it in various ways.
Jake Sees a Tunnel
Jake Sees a Tunnel
Fiction
Jake finds a safe way to cool off on a hot day.
Workers Make a Tunnel
Workers Make a Tunnel
Nonfiction
How workers dig a tunnel.
Kim's Flowers
Kim's Flowers
Fiction
A collection of passages is provided for the sole purpose of administering official fluency assessments. A passage is provided for each level--F through Z.
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  • G
Level G
Fruit From My Garden
Fruit From My Garden
Fiction
A boy can't wait to taste a strawberry from his garden.
How to Penguin Dance
How to Penguin Dance
Nonfiction
Here is how you do a dance called The Penguin.
Sally's Bath
Sally's Bath
Fiction
A child's dog runs away from its bath.
Steps to Make a Garden
Steps to Make a Garden
Nonfiction
Learn steps to make a garden.
The Perfect Puppy
The Perfect Puppy
Fiction
A collection of passages is provided for the sole purpose of administering official fluency assessments. A passage is provided for each level--F through Z.
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Level H
Brain Works
Brain Works
Nonfiction
A brain does many things.
Dinner with the Animals
Dinner with the Animals
Fiction
If we asked animal friends to dinner, it would be just like a family dinner.
Hide and Seek Games
Hide and Seek Games
Nonfiction
There are different versions of the game of hide and seek.
Hide and Seek with Tank
Hide and Seek with Tank
Fiction
A child plays hide and seek with his pet bird Tank.
Larry's Big Feet
Larry's Big Feet
Fiction
A collection of passages is provided for the sole purpose of administering official fluency assessments. A passage is provided for each level--F through Z.
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Level I
Dark Night on the Water
Dark Night on the Water
Fiction
Great tentacles scare a sailor when they tug at a ship one night.
Giant Squid
Giant Squid
Nonfiction
Facts about giant squid
Monsters Are Not Real
Monsters Are Not Real
Fiction
A child is scared of what the night shadows might mean.
We Love Bamboo
We Love Bamboo
Nonfiction
Bamboo is an interesting plant that has many uses.
Crunch
Crunch
Fiction
A collection of passages is provided for the sole purpose of administering official fluency assessments. A passage is provided for each level--F through Z.
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  • J
Level J
Fossils
Fossils
Nonfiction
Fossils are special kinds of rocks that can tell us about the past.
I Want a Leopard
I Want a Leopard
Fiction
A child daydreams about having a leopard as a pet.
Leopards
Leopards
Nonfiction
Facts about leopards
The Laughing Lady
The Laughing Lady
Fiction
A lady laughs to show love.
Bye, Buddy
Bye, Buddy
Fiction
A collection of passages is provided for the sole purpose of administering official fluency assessments. A passage is provided for each level--F through Z.
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  • K
Level K
The Bronx Zoo Cares
The Bronx Zoo Cares
Nonfiction
Animals' homes at the Bronx Zoo show the zoo cares about its animals.