What to look for in a
reading fluency assessment
There are numerous skills and concepts at play when making a reader. The “big five”—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocab, and comprehension—are typically seen as the building blocks for early literacy, and they work in concert to prepare students for a lifetime of academic and professional pursuits.
One of the elements educators spend a lot of time on in the primary grade classroom is oral reading fluency. Oral reading fluency is the ability to read connected text, like sentences, paragraphs, or entire stories, at a comfortable speed with accuracy and expression. Excelling in oral reading fluency requires a certain level of automaticity; students should no longer need to sound out or decode each word but, instead, be able to focus on the meaning of the text.View article