8.2 Assessing Reading Fluency

Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish among different types of reading fluency assessments
  • Interpret word reading fluency tasks relative to a student’s broader reading assessment profile  


watch the session below.

*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video. 


  • Reading fluency can be assessed at multiple levels: word, sentence, and paragraph; all of these are highly inter-correlated
  • Reading fluency may be the only indication of a struggle in reading (it is typically the only indicator in consistent written languages like Spanish or Italian)
  • Differing fluency subtests may be more useful at differing grade levels (e.g., early elementary vs. late elementary vs. secondary)

Reflect & Connect

What type of reading fluency tests have you used? How have you interpreted them?