Assessing Fluency: Is There a Better Way?

Fluency has yet to enter the spotlight in reference to good reading instruction. However, we expect our students to pass multiple fluency tests throughout the school year regardless of the absence of explicit fluency lessons. School districts throughout the country rely on the fluency standards the Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessment provides and yet the DIBELS’s only fluency task is speed.  Assessing Fluency Using DIBELS Tests