Accuracy, fluency and comprehension are the key components of an effective reading assessment.

This workshop offers an accessible and engaging professional learning experience, designed and facilitated by experts. Participants will thoroughly examine the Benchmark Assessment System and explore how to utilise the system to accurately benchmark students and design effective literacy instruction that meets the needs of all students.


Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System Workshop

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants should:

  • Understand the importance of benchmarking students’ reading and literacy skills.
  • Understand how the Benchmark Assessment System and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum support literacy learning as defined by state and national English curricula.
  • Be able to effectively conduct a full benchmark assessment and analysis, including the use of optional assessments, and use the results to inform instruction.
  • Understand the key considerations, roles and responsibilities required to effectively implement the Benchmark Assessment System.

Completing the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System Workshop will contribute 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Accreditation is processed after completion of the workshop and only upon request.


Victorian Educators: Aspects of this workshop address AITSL Standard 1.5, which can be applied to the professional learning requirements outlined in the VIT’s Special Needs Plan.

This workshop addresses the following AITSL Standards:

  • 1.2 Expand understanding of how students learn using research and workplace knowledge
  • 1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific needs of students across the full range of abilities
  • 2.5 Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students' literacy achievement
  • 5.1 Assess student learning
  • 5.4 Interpret student data to analyse and evaluate student understanding, identify interventions and modify teaching practice
  • 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

Please note: Workshops will not be confirmed to proceed until we reach minimum numbers, so please check with us before you make any travel or accommodation bookings. 


All participants should prepare for this workshop by familiarising themselves with the components in the system(s) they will be using, as the workshop does not include a product unpack.

In addition, please read the Introduction to The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum.

Bring your copy of The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum to the workshop.

Target Audience

Educators from schools where the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System has recently been adopted, or who have joined a school where it is already in use.

Please note that this workshop is not suitable for educators who are in the process of assessing whether the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System is the best resource for their school.