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Techniques for Assessing Student Fluency

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Fluency is an important component of reading, and to teach it properly, we need to know how to assess it. This lesson gives you strategies for assessing the components of fluency.

Why Assess Fluency?

Fluency generally refers to the aspect of a student's reading ability that deals speed, prosody and expression. A fluent reader reads in a speaking voice, follows punctuation, and phrases groups of words together. Fluency can make a big difference in comprehension, or the understanding of reading, because when we read fluently, the words will make more sense and sound more like meaningful language.

To instruct students towards fluency, we need solid assessments that help us to understand what exactly their issues are and where they would benefit from support. Good assessments will also teach us a student's strengths so that we help with areas of relative struggle. Assessing fluency is more nuanced in some ways than decoding, and requires thoughtfulness on the part of the teacher. This lesson gives you some strategies for assessing your students' reading fluency.

Techniques for Assessing Rate

One important aspect of fluency is rate, or speed of reading. A student who reads very slowly may be attempting a text that is too challenging for them, and very slow reading can sometimes impede comprehension. On the other hand, you do not want students to read so quickly that they are not attending to accurate meaning of the text. This is why rate assessments should be used hand-in-hand with comprehension assessments.

To assess students' reading rate, you can use one of two strategies:

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