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Definition: Fluency is the ability to read text accurately, quickly and with proper expression (National Reading Panel, 2000).

Why is it important?

  • Fluency is the bridge between word recognition and comprehension, and it is considered to be the cornerstone of successful reading.

What might I observe in students who need support?

  • Students stop to sound out many of the words.
  • Students read with little expression.
  • Students read haltingly, attending little, if at all, to punctuation.
  • Students read too quickly, attending little, if at all, to punctuation.
  • Students may stop/pause at awkward places in a sentence, distorting meaning.

Learn more

There are many ways to practice the critical skill of reading fluency. For example, try these Everyday Fluency Strategies or Student Center Activities in fluency for grades K-5. You can also organize a Reader’s Theater performance. You can learn more about Reader’s Theater in Implementation Strategies.


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