Reading Fluency: Assessment

An informal assessment of reading fluency, including what the assessment measures, when is should be assessed, examples of questions, and the age or grade at which the assessment should be mastered.

All assessments should be given one-on-one.

What it measures

How many words a child reads correctly in one minute.

When should it be assessed?

Fluency assessments should be completed throughout the year to help guide instruction.

Examples of assessment questions

Choose an appropriate passage for the student to read aloud. As the student reads, complete a record for one minute.

Age or grade typically mastered

Students should be expected to master age-appropriate material.

Reading Rockets (2004)


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