Developing Fluency

Fluent reading is defined as being able to read with speed and accuracy.  It is an important skill for all readers to develop as there is a direct correlation between fluency and comprehension.  Yet, fluency is a skill many struggling readers find difficult to develop.  Developing fluency requires rapid recognition of a large number of words and the ability to process chunks of text rather than focusing on one word at a time. A synthesis of the research by Chard, Vaughn and Tyler (2002) that effective intervention included multiple readings of text with corrective feedback to meet predetermined time goals (i.e., practicing reading at speed with accuracy).

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