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Volume 20, Number 4
July/August 2004

Fluency Tests Help Identify Struggling Readers Early


The Context

Visit virtually any first-grade classroom in early September and you will see a roomful of eager young children who appear scholarly and ready to learn. After watching these children work in the classroom for only a few minutes, however, a visitor can't help noticing the vast differences in reading ability among these new first-graders.

Seated at one table, three children are looking at (but only one is actually reading) the book Where's Spot? In one corner of the room, a child is reading every item on this week's hot lunch menu aloud, while another child knows only the word "milk."

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