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January 13, 2022 @ 9:00 am January 14, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems 1 & 2 Seminar

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Use the Benchmark Assessment System to inform your teaching.

In this 2-day training, learn how to administer, score, and analyze student reading behaviors utilizing the Benchmark Assessment System. Discover how to use the information with the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum to guide your teaching.

January 13-14, 2022
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
2 days
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
$595 + cost of required Benchmark Assessment System
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Requirements & Policies


The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS), developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, is a series of texts that teachers can use to identify a student’s reading level and progress. Teachers use the Benchmark Assessment System 1 with students in grades K–2 and the Benchmark Assessment System 2 for students in grades 3–8.

Through demonstration, guided practice, and discussion, you will learn how to administer, score, and analyze the  Benchmark Assessment System  and how to use the information to guide teaching.

Course Outcomes

  • Administer, code, and score oral reading behaviors
  • Conduct a standardized comprehension conversation
  • Determine independent, instructional, and placement levels for readers using the Fountas and Pinnell A–N or L–Z Text Level Gradient
  • Analyze a child’s reading performance, including reading comprehension, reading rate, and word analysis. This will help you assess the reader’s current literacy processing system
  • Determine the instructional implications for whole-group, small-group, and individual instruction using assessment results and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum
  • Use the Fountas & Pinnell Online Data Management System for your record keeping

You’ll earn 12 professional development hours in this training.

Transition from In-Person to Virtual:

In-person training is currently available to a limited number of participants and you may choose that option. You will be required to follow the Lesley safety protocol.

Should any of the conditions change and it is determined the training can be offered online only, you will be notified as soon as possible. We recommend that you email us at before reserving travel and lodging.

At this point in time, participants who have opted to come to Lesley University for the in-person format of professional learning must be prepared to:

  • Send proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before December 23 to
  • Send a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before January 13 to
  • Submit a COVID Self-Assessment Visitor Form within 48 hours before January 13.
  • Wear a mask at all times indoors in the presence of others. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not acceptable face coverings.
  • Maintain physical distance when eating during breaks. Consume your meal in designated areas when on-campus and immediately mask up when done.
  • Stay at home and attend the professional learning virtually if you are feeling sick or symptomatic—even just a runny nose or coughing. Please notify us immediately if you are switching from in-person to virtual.
  • For Lesley University’s COVID-19 policies, click here.

Required Materials

You must have access to the materials found in the Benchmark Assessment Systems 1 or 2. During registration, please specify which edition (3rd or 2nd) you will be able to access.

To learn more or purchase the Benchmark Assessment Systems, click here.

Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies

You must cancel in writing two weeks before the start of the course to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email to cancel. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

Requirements for Participation

After the training, you will receive a certificate of attendance for your participation. To receive a complete certificate, participation during the specified times is required. Additional work may be assigned to meet the professional development hours.

With Your Colleagues Option

We can tailor the Benchmark Assessment System Training (K-2 or 3-8) to your school/district. Participants in the group must all be using the Benchmark Assessment Systems and have access to their materials prior to the training.

This option can be delivered virtually or in-person for a group within your school/district (as COVID-19 social distancing guidelines allow).

Fees & Policies

  • Fees are determined by the number of participants and the duration of training.
  • If applicable, travel expenses for each trainer (airfare, hotel, meals, and rental car) are an additional cost to be paid by the district.
  • Professional development sessions that require extensive travel or overnight stays (if applicable) may incur an additional surcharge.
  • If the number of participants exceeds the maximum, another trainer may be needed. This will increase training costs and travel expenses.
  • Unless otherwise noted, fees do not include the cost of any required books or materials. The faculty trainer will consult with the district to select books based on the topics and the district’s needs.
  • School districts in the same geographic area participating in the same training may combine their resources to meet participant minimums. Payment must be on one district’s purchase order.

For detailed costs, complete our online form to request this training for your school/district and we will contact you.

Interested in professional learning at your school 
or district? Schedule a meeting with one of our faculty trainers.

“The strengths of the training were being able to work through the practice readings with my co-workers, and getting live and immediate feedback.”

Clayton Brown, Teacher, Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts