For this project, Rainbow conceptualized and developed the Voices Leveled Reading Benchmark Assessment Kit. Rainbow was responsible for all stages in the workflow (ideation, scope and sequence, prototyping, author meetings, manuscript development, and page proof reviews from 1PP through printer PDFs).
This kit includes 56 leveled readers and 48 leveled passages. The readers and passages span Fountas & Pinnell levels A–Z and are used in K–6 classrooms. The kit includes one nonfiction and one fiction reader or passage per level. The content of the nonfiction readers is science and social studies based.
Rainbow also conceptualized and developed Oral Reading Assessments (ORA) for each reader and passage to give teachers ready-made running records to get an accurate picture of a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Each ORA assesses reading fluency, accuracy, and comprehension. Record-keeping space allows teachers to record and evaluate data, and make comments regarding future instruction. The accompanying teacher’s guide shows teachers how to effectively use leveled readers and passages. Teacher instruction also models how to use the results of ORAs to guide student placement in guided reading groups and for independent reading.