Teachers, schools & districts are under constant pressure to keep up with accelerating accountability demands. Many opt to build their own assessments, BUT… COST is a major challenge, as is finding the TIME to create (or locate) QUALITY PASSAGES that will help drive STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. Q: How can EDUCATORS develop & enhance local assessments and instructional programs without worrying about copyright infringement or paying huge sums of $$$ for READING PASSAGES? A: Using PassageBank.com, finding high-interest reading passages across a wide variety of genres and text types is both EASY & AFFORDABLE. We know building assessment & instructional programs from scratch is not easy, but… WE ARE HERE TO HELP. We specialize in finding & creating high-interest passages and we take care of all the copyright issues so you have one less thing to worry about! • Since launching in 2011, our site has grown to over 1500 passages with users in 49 STATES with more joining every day. • The PassageBank.com site may be used by multiple stakeholders to search for passages by genre, readability, word count & keyword. Students • Simple search criteria allow for EASY CUSTOMIZATION • Registration takes ONLY MINUTES to complete • Most users DOWNLOAD passages in convenient PDF Format • District accounts may also choose to receive passages in HTML More than 20 Genre Categories are available, including: • Realistic Fiction • Plays • Poetry • Short Stories • Fables & Folktales • Functional Text • Informational Articles • Journals/Diaries • Letters & Speeches • Persuasive Essays • Historical Documents • Nonfiction Narrative • How-to/Procedural • Excerpts from Longer Works • Passages are SEARCHABLE by KEYWORD so they are easy to integrate into THEMATIC LESSONS or units • Great for Common Core Standards based instruction & assessment Don’t be afraid to GET INTO CHARACTER & have your students do the same! FAQ: Q: How many passages are in PassageBank.com? A: PassageBank.com currently has well over 1000 passages & more are being added every day. We expect to increase the total by hundreds of new passages each year. Q: Can I use PassageBank.com to create common assessments for my district? A: Absolutely. PassageBank.com was specifically created to support both district, school and classroom use, BUT you need to have a district or school account to use our passages in assessments administered in more than one classroom. Contact us today to learn about licensing options and get set up. Q: What grade levels & genres are available? A: We currently have resources cataloged for approximately 20 genres in grades K-12 and we will be introducing new tools to search by readability soon. Q: Who wrote the passages in PassageBank.com? A: PassageBank.com resources come from professional writers and editors, as well as time-tested authors such as Shakespeare, Dickens, & Walt Whitman. Q: Who should use PassageBank.com? A: PassageBank.com is a great resource for just about anyone looking to access a library of passages in a convenient, searchable format, including teachers, instructional coaches, assessment and data specialists and ELA curriculum supervisors. Many of our customers are districts that use our passages to create common assessments and PD programs. Q: How much does PassageBank.com cost? A: Depending on your specific needs, several pricing models are available, including monthly subscription, student seat license & per passage options.
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