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

The Battle of the Brains

A discussion between two students leads to correcting misunderstandings about the functions of the two sides of the brain. Fiction, Lexile 960L

The Silent Rescue

Wilson quietly provides a foolish man help with an embarrassing problem on a hike. Fiction, Lexile 1060L

The Founding of the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail was established in 1925 to provide a way to enjoy the American wilderness. Nonfiction, Lexile 1170L

The Stroke of a Genius

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a researcher who studies the brain, experienced several symptoms of a stroke. Nonfiction, Lexile 1070L