The Scholastic Benchmark Book Assessment Guide is designed to support teachers as they administer running record benchmark assessments. The guide includes information and guidance in the assessment of reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension. It also provides directions for completing the Running Record Data Collection form.
Scholastic Benchmark Book Assessment Running Record
Name: Enter the first and last name of the student being assessed
Teacher: Enter the name of the teacher of record. This may or may not be the person administering the assessment. If someone other than the teacher of record is administering the running record, enter both names (Smith/Jones)
Title: Title of Scholastic Benchmark Book – These books were delivered as part of the Scholastic Leveled Bookroom
Word Count: Total number of words the student reads aloud to the assessor as part of the running record
Level: Fountas and Pinnell book level – The level can be found on the front or back of each Scholastic Benchmark Book
Page(s): Pages to be used for running record – These are the pages the student reads aloud from the benchmark book to the assessor. The running record should be completed. Then, the student will read independently before the comprehension assessment is administered. The student will read all of the pages in lower level books and a portion of the book in higher levels.
Notes for Teaching Point(s): After administering and analyzing the running record, teachers determine one or two teaching points – one or two skills the student needs to master to move forward as a reader
Accuracy Rate: Accuracy rate is reported as a percentage and is calculated by dividing the number of words read correctly by the number of total words read. Use the chart to determine the reading accuracy rate based on the number of errors made in the running record text.
Calculating the Fluency Rate:Follow the directions on the Scholastic Benchmark Book Assessment Running Record to calculate the fluency rate – Fluency rates are calculated for levels D-Z.
Scholastic Benchmark Book Comprehension Assessment Page Range for Comprehension Questions: Pages student reads silently before answering orally administered comprehension questions - After the running record is administered, students will be assigned to read independently a portion of the book.
Score: Each comprehension assessment consists of five questions. The questions are designed to represent three explicit questions and two implicit questions. Students must answer four out of five questions for comprehension to be considered at the independent level.
Answer Responses: Likely responses to the comprehension questions are italicized and entered on the document. It is recommended teachers use the white space provided for each question to script student responses. This will provide valuable information concerning the depth of comprehension.
Running Record Data Collection
The Running Record Data Collection form may be used to review running record and comprehension data for an entire class. The data may be used to plan whole group, small group and individual teaching points. It is designed to be used as a data collection tool over time. Use assessment data from the running record assessment and comprehension assessment to complete the form.
Helpful reminders addressing accuracy, fluency and comprehension are asterisked at the bottom of the document.
Scholastic Benchmark Book Assessment
Running Record Name: __________________________________________ Date: ___________________
Teacher Name: ___________________________________
Title:Fruit Salad Level:A Word Count: 22 Page(s): all
Notes for Teaching Points: ___________________________________________________________________