Volume 43, Issue 1 (2014)
The Relation of Word Reading Fluency Initial Level and Gains With Reading Outcomes
Jean Louise M. Smith, Kelli D. Cummings, Joseph F. T. Nese, Julie Alonzo, Hank Fien, & Scott K. Baker
Abstract. The purpose of this research brief is to present results from a study investigating the relation between word reading fluency (both initial level and fall–winter gain scores), passage reading fluency, and reading comprehension. Word reading fluency data were collected in the fall and winter; outcome measures were administered in the spring of Grade 1 (N = 150 students). We found that both initial level and gains on the word reading fluency measure predicted important reading outcomes in Grade 1 and that the impact of gains was attenuated for students with strong initial skills. These findings are consistent with previous research on fluency-based measures of early reading skill.
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