Assess with Printable Running Records
Raz-Plus provides printable and digital Benchmark Passages and Benchmark Books for assessing students and informing instruction.
- 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.
Learn more About Running Records on Raz-Plus.
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.
Why Use Benchmark Passages
Benchmark Passages assess comprehension and reward students' progress from level to level. They are one part of a three-part process that provides a more complete assessment of reading behavior and comprehension than any of the parts independently.
- Each level has 2 fiction and 2 nonfiction passages.
- Each level has at least 1 fiction-nonfiction passage pair on the same topic.
- Each passage uses a level-appropriate percentage of words from leveled books at that reading level.
- aa-E = 100%
- F-J = 95% + 5% new words
- K-Z = 90% + 10% new words
- The text of the entire passage is used in the online running record.
- Most are one page long, but upper level passages can be two pages.
- ALL are available on Raz-Plus.
How To Use Benchmark Passages
- Assign an assessment using the Kids A-Z Student Management area or by clicking on the Assign button on the passage's thumbnail. (The software will automatically present a retelling and comprehension quiz when the student is finished reading.)
- Check your Kids A-Z In Basket for the student's recording and score the student's reading behavior using the online running record form.
- Check a student's scores against the expectations for a level to see if they should move levels. (For more details, see About Running Records)
- Turn on student Incentives to reward students' progress from level to level.
|Ages||4 - 6|
|Fountas & Pinnell||B|
* Lexile® ranges are provided only as an additional resource. They are estimates and not certified by MetaMetrics®. Their actual relationship to Learning A-Z levels has yet to be determined.
Features and Chart
- 2–7 words per line; 4.5 words average
- 1 line per page
- 30–55 words total
- Complete sentences
- Repetition of high-frequency words
- Repetitive pattern with one or two word changes per page
- Pattern may change on last page, such as a surprise ending
- Predictable language
- One-to-one text-to-picture correspondence
- Familiar topics
- Consistent text placement
- 10 pages