3 ways to promote
reading fluency after grade 3

Oral reading fluency is one of the essential components of early literacy. Like its counterparts—phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and reading comprehension—fluency is often prioritized in the K–3 classroom.

Fluency is central in early learning classrooms because early learners see the most rapid growth and change in their reading rate and accuracy as their skills improve. This rapid growth is largely due in part to frequent practice in the classroom, with teachers taking every opportunity to encourage their younger students to read out loud. This focus on the reading experience in primary classrooms is only intensifying as read-by-grade-3 initiatives influence teachers nationwide to prioritize fluency early and often, to prepare students ahead of that pivotal decision-point year.

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