What Is Reading Fluency? Why Does It Matter?
As part of L2L's PRIDE Reading Program, we evaluate kids' reading fluency. 'Oral reading fluency' is a fancy phrase for what amounts to reading a written passage aloud 1.) accurately 2.) with expression (changes in tone of voice, volume, etc.), and the 3.) rate or speed (number of words within a specified amount of time). All three of these factors come together to gauge fluency. The reason reading fluency is important is because if a reader has to spend too much time decodi