Spanish Benchmark Passages & Running Records / Pasajes Estándar y Registros
Target students' instructional needs in Spanish by assessing their reading skills with developmentally appropriate texts while recording reading behavior. Spanish Benchmark Passages, or Pasajes estándar, are short text selections that are one part of a three-part process to provide effective reading instruction for students and to assess their readiness to progress to more difficult text.
Spanish Benchmark Passages assess comprehension and reward students' progress from level to level. They are one part of a three-part process that provides a more complete assessment of reading behavior and comprehension than any of the parts independently.
Each level has one nonfiction and one fiction passage.
The two passages at each level are on the same topic.
Each passage uses a level-appropriate percentage of words from books typically found at that reading level:
aa-E = 100%
F-J = 95% + 5% new words
K-Z2 = 90% + 10% new words
The text of the entire passage is used in the Running Record.
Most passages are one page long, but upper-level passages can be two to three pages.
How to Use Spanish Benchmark Passages
Give a student a Spanish Benchmark Passage he or she has never seen before to read aloud. The fiction-nonfiction topic pair provides familiar texts. Use one passage from the pair to support a student's understanding of the topic before assessing with the other passage.
Record the student's reading behavior using the passage's Running Record form.
If a student scores 90 percent or higher, assess the student's comprehension using a Quick Check from Levels A-Z2 and Retelling Rubrics.
If a student scores from 90-94 percent on the running record and answers comprehension questions at 80-94 percent, he or she is at the appropriate instructional level (for more details, see About Running Records).
Once a student's instructional level is determined, select a Spanish Leveled Book or other appropriate Spanish resources.