Being a fluent reader is a focus of our district. The definition of a fluent reader is one who has the ability to read connected text with the proper expression, speed, accuracy and all punctuation for purpose of enhancing comprehension.
Students are tested in the area of fluency each quarter. Students who score below the 50th percentile should receive fluency interventions to help strengthen themselves in the area.
In addition to what we do at school to strengthen and build fluency, you as parents can help at home by ensuring that your son or daughter reads the passage that is sent home.
Each Monday students will receive a fluency reading practice passage to bring home. First, we ask that you please read the passage aloud to your child, so that you model correct fluency. Then have your child read the passage aloud to you. We suggest your child read the passage a total of 3 times aloud per day. Please sign your name each day on the sheet next to the day of the week. Keep practicing for the entire week, and return the sheet to school the following Monday.
Your child will continue to be tested and monitored for his/her fluency progress in the upcoming weeks. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail your child’s teacher.
Thank you for your support at home!
The benchmark scores for each quarter are as follows:
Fall: 94 words per minute
Winter: 112 words per minute
Spring: 123 words per minute