Reading Fluency Test
— Reading Skills Assessment
Reading Fluency Test — Assessing Your Child’s Reading Proficiency
A “Reading Fluency Test” is something you can do with your student at home. Simply pick an age-appropriate book and ask your child to read it out loud. Does your student read in a smooth manner, with appropriate pauses and inflections? Is there emotion and expression? Does the oral reading “flow”?
After conducting your informal “Reading Fluency Test,” do you feel that your child is a choppy reader as compared to other readers his or her age? Does it seem that your student spends too much time “sounding out” individual words rather than reading the words together in a smooth progression from thought to thought?
If so, don’t be alarmed. Your child may just need some help strengthening his or her decoding skills. The great news is that 88% of poor decoding skills are due to weak sound blending skills, which can be targeted and strengthened through revolutionary “brain training” techniques. With proper assessment and cognitive skills training at LearningRx, you and your child will see dramatic reading improvement in no time! In fact, we average over 4.5 years of reading skills improvement in less than six months of cognitive skills training.
Reading Fluency Test — An Early Indicator of Reading Comprehension Issues
A simple “Reading Fluency Test” will help you get to the heart of your student’s reading proficiency. This simple at-home exercise is a great indicator for where your child stands in crossing the bridge from mere word recognition to mastery of reading comprehension. By second and third grade, fluent readers should not only recognize words and code patterns, but they should start comprehending context and meaning at the same time.
Some students are proficient readers when they’re reading individual words on flash cards or spelling lists. However, when these same words appear in a book or passage of text, the same students have trouble reading the words in a fluent, natural way. Spelling tests and word recognition exercises are important for elementary reading, but students must make the transition to reading passages with fluency, flow, and expression.
Fluency in oral reading is a dependable indicator of whether a child is making the transition to reading comprehension. In 1995, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) confirmed the tight correlation between reading fluency and reading comprehension. In a major, nationwide study, the NAEP concluded that reading fluency is “a neglected reading skill in many American classrooms, affecting many students’ reading comprehension” (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Listening to Children Read Aloud, 15. Washington, DC: 1995).
Reading Fluency Test — Making the Jump to Meaningful Reading
At LearningRx, we understand the importance of developing reading fluency. Simply, better reading fluency in the early grades contributes to better reading comprehension for a lifetime. Our 20 years of research and testing confirm that young students who read and reread passages orally as they receive coaching, encouragement, and feedback, become great readers. We encourage you to learn more about the importance of reading fluency by contacting a LearningRx Center in your community. We’ve been delivering phenomenal reading results for nearly two decades and we stand ready to deliver an individualized assessment and training program for your child too!