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Reading fluency - the ability to read quickly and effortlessly for meaning - is an essential step in the reading process.
Through regular, daily practice, children move from sounding out letters to being able to automatically read whole words
Knowing how fast your child reads is a quick check to see if your child is on track for a successful reading life. Decades of research have helped us understand the range of reading fluency skills kids have throughout kindergarten to high school. The chart on this page lists the standard reading rates for high - average - and low fluent readers, both in the beginning of the school year and after they've had a full academic year of reading instruction.
How To Calculate Your Child's Reading Rate
As the year progresses and your child builds their reading skills, Reading Rates will increase. Use this chart to check in throughout the year to see how your child's reading skills progress.
Remember: A low Reading Rate in the early elementary grades DOES NOT automatically mean your child has dyslexia or a reading disability. A visit to your eye doctor to rule out vision problems and a review of the reading curriculum you are using are 2 first steps you can take to rule out other factors.
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December 12, 2019