There are many different assessments for Reading Fluency. Following extensive research and trials, the team opted to use Rasinski’s criteria for reading fluency. This criteria breaks the assessment into 4 prime areas:

  • Expression and volume
  • Phrasing
  • Smoothness
  • Pace

Depending on the scoring, the following characteristics of a reader can be identified:

  • Reader A: At risk – lack of fluency is likely to impede understanding.
  • Reader B: Comprehension will still be compromised by lack of fluency.
  • Reader C: A reader who is well on the way to being fluent – no action required.
  • Reader D: Fluent reader

The assessment can be found by clicking on the link: READING FLUENCY ASSESSMENT

The assessment with characteristics of a reader can be found by clicking on the link: ASSESSMENT WITH CHARACTERISTICS

Making an Assessment of Reading Fluency

  • Use a familiar book for this assessment, i.e. a book that the child has read at least once before
  • The book chosen for the assessment should be at the child’s instructional reading level (although you may want to also try this assessment on a book that they find easy to read)
  • Time yourself reading the text at a slow conversational pace. Then prepare a version of the text in advance to identify the sort of reading aloud that you’d would expect on the text