Update from Barnwell 45 on New Literacy Program

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Benchmark and intervention kits through the Fountas and Pinnell literacy system were purchased by Governor Haley and The Original Six Foundation for Barnwell Middle School and Barnwell High School.  Here’s an update from Barnwell 45’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction on the use of the kits during the first month of school for 2016-2017.  

“Since the beginning of the school year, teachers have been conducting one-on-one assessments of student’s independent and instructional reading levels with the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System.  Teachers have collaborated as departments and with their administrators to create classroom schedules that devote time for students to read independently on their respective reading levels in an effort to build fluency and comprehension.  Both the ELA and Special Education teachers are continuously reviewing the results from the initial assessments, determining future department and school needs, analyzing and addressing individual student needs, and planning for continuous and expanded implementation of a Balanced Literacy Program in all grades.  Teachers are also working with struggling readers using the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) during small-group instruction.  Teachers use the students’ instructional reading levels to create small groups of students with similar instructional needs and provide intensive instruction using the lessons.  Administrators are conducting walkthrough observations to ensure this intervention component is implemented with fidelity.  The Fountas & Pinnell kits have already proven to be excellent benchmarking tools allowing us to see not only initial reading levels but student progress in just a short amount of time.  We sincerely appreciate Governor Haley and The Original Six Foundation’s help in allowing us to expand our Fountas & Pinnell benchmarking and intervention systems to the other schools within our district.”

Rachel Wall, Ed.D
Barnwell School District 45
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

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