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NAME and DATE Reading Assessment Resource
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The PM Benchmark Reading Assessment
Resource kit now includes…
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Levelled Texts
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132cm The PM Benchmark Reading Assessment


Resource has been designed to assess
students’ instructional and independent
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texts.
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It includes 46 accurately levelled fiction
and nonfiction texts:
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• 1 new fiction text at every level from
Levels 1–14
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• 1 new fiction and 1 new nonfiction text
from Levels 15–30
127cm • 4 familiar and iconic texts from the
previous PM Benchmark kits
LEVEL 20 FICTION
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16 extra texts – PM Benchmark
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Kit now includes 46 carefully
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levelled texts

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1 nonfiction text at every


121cm level from Level 15 to 30

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119cm Text types are clearly LEVEL 19 NONFICTION


identified and introduced
at appropriate levels
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SEE OVER FOR TITLES AND TEXT TYPES  


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Teachers’ Resource
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Book and CD
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The Teachers’ Resource Book has been
developed explicitly to help teachers
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achievement.
109cm The Teachers’ Resource Book includes
helpful information on how to use each
component of the resource.
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The accompanying CD includes
printable student record pro formas
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in PDF format.

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Student Records
Each Student Record is a Reading Record
Book
orientation
Text: Wet-Day Popcorn
This is a recount. A boy tells us about something he made with his sister, Katie.
Level: 13 Reading Record continued

Page Text E S.C.


Errors
MSV
S.C.
MSV

102cm comprehensive four-page Page Text E S.C.


Errors
MSV
S.C.
MSV
10 After Mum had gone,
Katie and I looked at the popcorn. 131

pro forma clearly outlining a


2 Today, it rained all day. Katie put her hand into the bowl
It was too wet to play outside. and took some out.
PM Benchmark Reading Assessment So Katie and I stayed inside Then, she blew on it. Retelling Indicators to Check for Understanding Tick relevant

student’s current achievement


boxes
Name: _______________________________ DOB: __________ Age: __________ and made some popcorn balls. I took some
• Retold main events in sequence without assistance from teacher prompts

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School: _____________________ Class: _________ Date of assessment: _________ Mum helped us. and blew on it, too. 155 or book support Yes No
4 First of all,

in reading.
Text: Wet-Day Popcorn Level: 13 Text type: Recount (Fictional) Running Words: 155 • Included details of main events Yes No
Total
we put the popcorn maker
Reading Record – Summary • Interpreted picture information Yes No
and a big bowl on the table. Reading Behaviours Observed During the Reading Record
Errors Self-Corrections Accuracy: _______ % Reading Level
M S V M S V Independent Instructional Difficult Mum put some popping corn • Retold coherently using appropriate vocabulary Yes No
1. Knowledge and skills — Developing Tick relevant
S.C. rate: 1 : ______ >95% 90–95% <90% boxes
into the popcorn maker. • Concepts about print established
Reading Behaviours Observed – Summary 6 Then, Mum turned the popcorn maker on. • Recognised the high-frequency words in the text
Comprehension Questions to Check for Understanding Tick relevant
boxes

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1. Knowledge and Skills:
The corn went round and round very fast. • Applied knowledge of letter–sound relationships to accurately decode some words Literal
2. Strategies: It went pop. . . pop. . . pop, 1. Why did the children have to stay inside?
(It rained all day. / It was too wet to play outside.)

Improved Student records –


as it came out of the popcorn maker. 2. Strategies — Developing Tick relevant
3. Fluency: boxes
2. Why did Katie have to blow on the popcorn?
Katie was going to eat Beginning to process text by: Adjusting pace Predicting
(It was too hot to eat.)
Attending to meaning Searching for print details
Retelling Indicators – Summary some popcorn, but it was too hot. 3. Why did Mum go next door to Sally’s place?
Cross-checking to confirm Self-correcting

The student records now


Level of Understanding 8 (She wanted to get some honey to make the popcorn balls.)
Katie and I wanted
Excellent Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
4 3 0–2 to make the popcorn into balls Inferential

99cm 3. Fluency Tick the


with some honey. relevant box did Mum laugh when she came back from Sally’s place?
1. Why
• Read the text consistently with natural rhythm and phrasing reflecting a depth of understanding (She wasn’t cross with the children.)

include sections to record


Comprehension – Summary But there was no honey left.
• Read some of the text with natural rhythm and phrasing reflecting understanding 2. Why did they need honey to make the popcorn balls?
Questions Answered Correctly Level of Understanding So Mum went next door (to make it tasty / to make the popcorn stick together)
• Read the text with irregular phrasing reflecting limited understanding
Literal 1st 2nd 3rd Excellent Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
5 3–4 0–2 to Sally’s place to get some. • Read the text word-by-word reflecting limited or no understanding
Inferential 1st 2nd
Notes

fluency, knowledge and Recommendations for Future Development


2 Wet-Day Popcorn Level 13 Recount (Fictional)
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Wet-Day Popcorn Level 13 Recount (Fictional)
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skills, strategies, and a Pages 2 and 3: Specific details of
scored retell.
Refer to Teachers’ Resource Book pages 32–39 Teacher: ____________________________________ Teacher: ____________________________________

the reading record and behaviours


for recommendations for future development.
Date assessment summary completed: _____________ For learning solutions, visit cengage.com.au
Wet-Day Popcorn Level 13 Recount (Fictional) 1 4 Wet-Day Popcorn Level 13 Recount (Fictional)
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© 2008 Cengage Learning Pty Limited; ISBN 9780170178075; This page may be photocopied for educational use within the purchasing institution.

Page 1: A summary page with Page 4: Retelling indicators and


recommendations for future comprehension questions.
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Procedures Card
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92cm The PM Benchmark Reading PM Benchmark Reading Assessment Procedures Step 2 Reading Record

Assessment Resource Procedures Sit at a table or desk in a quiet space with the student.
Put the student at ease.
1. Point to the cover of the book/card. Say:

Now, I would like you to read the book/card to me.

Card provides a summary of the


Explain what is going to happen and why.
Introduce the text by reading the title and the
2. Record accurate reading and miscues on pages 2 and 3 of the
orientation to the student. Do not expand upon the

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Student Record.
content of the book/card during this introduction. PM Reading Level Table
recommended procedures forPM Reading Level Table

Error Rate Accuracy


Step 3 Comprehension Error Rate Accuracy

taking a reading assessment. The


1 : 100 99%
Independent

1 : 100 99% 1. Prepare the student for the oral comprehension questions. Say:
1 : 50 98%
Independent

1 : 50 98%
Step 1 Retelling
Now, I am going to ask you some questions about this book/card. 1 : 35 97%
1 : 35 97%

use of standard procedures for


1. Prepare the student for the retelling. Say: 1 : 25 96%

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1 : 25 96% 2. Ask each question on page 4 of the Student Record. Tick the boxes 1 : 20 95%
1 : 20 95% First, I would like you to read this book/card to yourself. when responses are correct. Record exactly what the student says 1 : 17 94%
Instructional

1 : 17 94% Remember to look carefully at the pictures. Then I will ask you for incorrect responses.
Instructional

reading assessments ensures


1 : 14 93%
1 : 14 93% to tell me as much as you can about the story/text.
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1 : 12.5 92%
If the student asks for assistance while reading the book/card, say: Step 4 Analysis 1 : 11.75 91%
Reading Ass
1 : 11.75 91%

consistent and valid information is


1 : 10 90%
1 : 10 90%
Reading Assessment This is a time for you to read by yourself. 1. Identify the student’s errors and self-corrections. Use the reading level 1:9 89%
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Resource
tables to calculate the student’s accuracy and self-correction rates.
Resou
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1:8 87.5%
Difficult

1:8 87.5% 2. When the student has completed the reading, have them close the
Difficult

gathered by all assessors.


2. Analyse information from the reading record, retelling indicators 1:7 85.5%
1:7 85.5% book/card and place it on the table in front of them. Say:
and comprehension questions. 1:6 83%
1:6 83%
1:5 80% Tell me as much as you can, in your own words, 1:5 80%
about what you have just read. 3. Use this information to identify recommendations.

Calculate Error Rate and Accuracy Procedures Remain as a neutral observer, only giving prompts if required.
Tick the relevant boxes on the retelling section of the Student Record. Refer to the PM Benchmark Reading Assessment Resource
Calculate Error Rate and Accuracy Proced
Divide the number of words read by the number of errors, e.g. Divide the number of words read by the number of errors, e.g.
Teachers’ Resource Book pages 28–39

88cm 140 (running words) ÷ 4 (E) = Error rate of 1: 35 = 97% accuracy. 140 (running words) ÷ 4 (E) = Error rate of 1: 35 = 97% accuracy.
for analysis and recommendations.

Procedures card – A handy


Accuracy: ________ = 1 : ________ = ________ %

Calculate Self-correction Rate


© 2008 Cengage Learning Pty Limited; ISBN 9780170178075
Accuracy: ________ = 1 : ________ = ________ %

Calculate Self-correction Rate

summary of recommended
For in-depth procedures refer to PM Benchmark Reading For in-depth procedures refer to
1. Add both errors and self-corrections together. Assessment Resource Teachers’ Resource Book pages 24–39. 1. Add both errors and self-corrections together. Assessment Resource Teachers’ Res
2. Divide by the number of self-corrections, e.g. 2. Divide by the number of self-corrections, e.g.
6 (E) + 3 (S.C.) = 9 9÷3=1:3 It is essential to become familiar with the text and
The PM Reading Level Table and 6 (E) + 3 (S.C.) = 9 9÷3=1:3 It is essential to become fami

87cm reading assessment


S.C. rate: ________ = ________ = 1 : ________
procedures before administering the assessment.
S.C. rate: ________ = ________ = 1 : ________
procedures before administe

© 2008 Cengage Learning Pty Limited; ISBN 9780170178075 formulas for calculating self-correction and © 2008 Cengage Learning Pty Limited; ISBN 9780170178075

procedures. accuracy rates appear on the back page.

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The DVD contains

DVD
frequently asked
84cm questions and
professional
83cm development video
to assist teachers
DVD – Useful tips and video to effectively assess
82cm modelling of reading students’ reading
assessments with children. levels.
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ISBN-13 978-0-17-632238-0
ISBN-10 0-17-632238-8
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NAME and DATE HEIGHT
CHART
PM Benchmark
Reading Assessment Resource
titles and text types 152cm

Levels 1–14
One fiction text for every level
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The dog Look at us Monkey’s Car Little cat is hungry Sam and little bear Dad’s Present
Level: 1 Fiction Level: 2 Fiction Level: 3 Fiction Level: 4 Fiction Level: 5 Fiction Level: 6 Fiction
Repetitive Repetitive Narrative Narrative Narrative Narrative 146cm

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The Big Bike Playing in the rain clever little dinosaur The Best Tunnel My Beach Holiday My First Train Ride
Level: 7 Fiction Level: 8 Fiction Level: 9 Fiction Level: 10 Fiction Level: 11 Fiction Level: 12 Fiction
Narrative Narrative Narrative Narrative Narrative Recount (Fictional) 141cm

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Each PM Benchmark text levels 1–30 has been 137cm


Wet-Day Popcorn little hen, mouse and rabbit trialled with children of an appropriate reading age
Level: 13 Fiction Level: 14 Fiction
Narrative Narrative
to guarantee the suitability and readability of the
text for the specific level. 136cm

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One fiction and one nonfiction text for every level
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The Ice-Cream Dog Our Teacher, Mr Davis honey escapes the Treasure-hunt puzzle The Swimming Race a builder
Level: 15 Fiction Level: 15 Nonfiction Level: 16 Fiction Level: 16 Nonfiction Level: 17 Fiction Level: 17 Nonfiction
Narrative Information Report Narrative Recount (Procedural) Narrative Description 127cm

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earthquake BMX Bikes A Visit to the Aquarium Frogs Amy’s Song my new aquarium
Level: 18 Fiction Level: 18 Nonfiction Level: 19 Fiction Level: 19 Nonfiction Level: 20 Fiction Level: 20 Nonfiction
Recount (Fictional) Information Report Narrative Description Narrative Recount (Procedural) 122cm

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akito's glasses Plastic in Our World A Cure for Hiccups forest fires Flood in the Valley Water World
Level: 21 Fiction Level: 21 Nonfiction Level: 22 Fiction Level: 22 Nonfiction Level: 23 Fiction Level: 23 Nonfiction
Narrative Description Recount (Fictional) Exposition Narrative Explanation 117cm

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Graffiti Why a River Floods Just in Time! Sea Turtles The Bigger Half Snowboarding
Level: 24 Fiction Level: 24 Nonfiction Level: 25 Fiction Level: 25 Nonfiction Level: 26 Fiction Level: 26 Nonfiction
Narrative Exposition Narrative Information Report Narrative Explanation 107cm

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The Nervous Passenger Dogs Should Be Kept On Leads sara's invitation How a Parachute Works late again! how camels survive in the desert
Level: 27 Fiction Level: 27 Nonfiction Level: 28 Fiction Level: 28 Nonfiction Level: 29 Fiction Level: 29 Nonfiction
Narrative Recount (Procedural) Narrative Information Report Narrative Explanation 102cm

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the haircut vehicle pollution
Level: 30 Fiction Level: 30 Nonfiction
Narrative Discussion
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Also available: 93cm

PM Benchmark Assessment and The PM Benchmark Assessment and Profiling The software automatically calculates reading 92cm
Software makes the entering of reading records accuracy rate, error rate, and self-correction rate;
Profiling Software
and generation of assessment profile data easier, summarizes the students’ level of understanding in
more efficient, and more accurate. retelling and comprehension; and identifies 91cm
independent and instructional reading levels. A
variety of graph options are available to visually
The software is easy to use and administer, 90cm
present individual student, class, whole-class, and
allowing you to record errors, self-corrections,
whole-school progress.
reading behaviours, retelling analysis, and
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comprehension responses. Recommendations
for future development are provided to assist
with ongoing teaching. 88cm

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PM Benchmark READING ASSESSMENT RESOURCE ISBN
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