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Old 10-16-2012, 06:01 PM
 
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I am wondering what the "proper" way to assess a student on their fluency (WCPM) is. Do you use a passage that is his current reading level or what level he should be at? For example, if they should be at a level O, but they are at an R, do you use an O or R? Thanks so much!!!


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When doing a formal assessment, I would use a text that is on-grade level. If you use a below level text, they will score much higher because the words and syntax will be easier, so their count will be higher.

However, for the purposes of practice/building fluency, use a text that the student is more capable of having success with. Then slowly work up level by level as the student becomes more fluent. But always test on level.
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My district states that we are to test fluency (including cwpm, expression, and phrasing) on grade level.

However, I also assess that on the students' independent reading levels, whether that is above or below where they "should" be. I like for them to all feel capable and successful, which for the lower level kids means assessing them "informally" (read: not to go toward their overall grade) on their own level.
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Perfect! Thank you!
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