Benchmark Passages & Running Records

Find students' instructional levels by assessing their reading skills with developmentally appropriate texts while recording reading behavior. Benchmark Passages are short text selections that are one part of a three-part process to help place students at their instructional levels for leveled reading sessions and to assess their readiness to progress to the next level.

Digital Running Records on Raz-Plus

With our Online Running Record tool, Raz-Plus or Raz-Kids members can:
  • Assign and listen to recordings of Benchmark Passages and Books.
  • Score recordings using an online running record tool.

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Showing 4 of 116 Passages

Backyard Crocodile Relatives

A child learns that birds are the closest living relatives of crocodiles and alligators. Fiction, Lexile 510L

Planning a Mural

Students want to paint a mural on the local recycling center. Fiction, Lexile 550L

Crocodiles: The Cousins of Dinosaurs

Today's crocodiles are cousins to crocodiles alive at the time of the dinosaurs. Nonfiction, Lexile 680L

The Bigfoot Mural

Duane Flatmo has painted a Bigfoot mural on a hardware store. Nonfiction, Lexile 790L