Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Reading Fluency

Reading fluency is the ability to read with accuracy, speed, and with appropriate expression. Accuracy is the number of words that are read correctly. If your child misreads more than 1 out of every 10 words, the text may be too difficult for them. Reading rate or speed is the rate at which a child is able to read a given text. Non-fluent readers will read more slowly and deliberately while fluent readers will read quickly and easily.

To determine your child's fluency:

1. Select material that is at your child's reading level.

2. Ask your child to read aloud for 1 minute.

3. Make a note of any words your child misreads.

4. Count the total # of correct words your child read in 1 minute.

5. The result is your child's reading rate or wpm (words read per minute).

The table below shows the grade level benchmarks for fluency.

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