Concordia University, St. Paul
CI564: Assessment, Evaluation, and Supervision in Literacy Programs (K-12)
Professor Steve Slavik
February 6, 2013
Benchmark Oral Reading Records provide
format for initial reading level placement,
progress monitoring, and analyzing student
BENCHMARK ORAL READING RECORDS
Identify student strengths.
Select appropriately leveled texts for small
Determine specific skills and strategies to focus
on during reading instruction.
Assess and monitor student reading across
many reading levels.
Provide a standardized way to talk to families
about student reading progress. (2012 Benchmark Education
FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE CODING
BENCHMARK’S ORAL READING LEVEL SCREENER WILL
MAXIMIZE THE TIME SPENT WITH STUDENTS
BEGIN ORAL READING RECORD
After finding a comfortable level of text for
the student based on accuracy,
comprehension, and fluency, you may
introduce the first leveled text from a short
introduction printed on the Oral Reading
The text should be new to the student.
Listen carefully and mark the administrator
copy of the Oral Reading Record as per
coding system mentioned earlier or a
preferred system of coding.
Is the error based on
semantic or meaning cues?
If so, code the error with an
M in the sources of
information column under
error (E).(saying puppy for
dog from a picture clue)
Is the error based on
syntactic or structural cues?
Readers often substitute
nouns for nouns or verbs for
verbs. Code this with an (S).
(saying my pet is a “pony”
instead of “dog”)
Is the error based or visual
cues? Readers use the visual
features of print and connect
these features to phonetic
information that exists in
their heads. Code with a (V)
.(pilgrim for program)
USE THE QUICK CHECK TO DETERMINE IF THE STUDENT
IS AT AN INDEPENDENT, INSTRUCTIONAL, OR FRUSTRATION
USE THE FORMULAS PROVIDED ON THE READING RECORD TO
DETERMINE THE ERROR RATE, ACCURACY PERCENTAGE, AND SELF-
teacher telling the
word are counted
as one error each.
Rereading and self
are not counted as
In this Benchmark
fluency is not
assessed with a
timed reading. A
scale is available
fluency level from
one to four.
BEHAVIORS AND STRATEGIES USED
WHILE READING ARE ANALYZED.
A benchmark assessment system is a series of
texts that is used to identify a student's
current reading level and progress along a
range of text levels over time.
The word "benchmark" means a standard
against which to measure something.
Benchmark Oral Reading Records are a
comprehensive system for identifying
immediate needs of individual students and
ORAL READING EXAMPLE