Sunday, March 29, 2009

Oral Reading Fluency

A common theme throughout the conference was oral reading fluency. I heard speakers discuss looking at Oral Reading Fluency Assessment results with a critical eye. Studies mentioned by Joe Torgesen indicated that “helping students become more fluent readers should be a very high priority if they are very dysfluent but it is likely that many moderately dysfluent readers would do much better on comprehension assessments if they had better vocabularies and approached text more thoughtfully.” Consequently, we should focus our instruction just as importantly on the teaching of vocabulary and comprehension as we do with fluency. (Florida Center for Reading Research)

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