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Reading Fluency: What Every SLP and Teacher Should Know

1st January, 2008

Reutzel, D. (2009, April 14). The ASHA Leader.
For many years, the emphasis in reading shifted away from proficient oral reading in the early 1900s and toward silent reading for private and personal purposes in the 1930s. Consequently, the goal of developing fluent oral readers all but disappeared from the reading curriculum. This change was so much the case that it prompted Allington (1983, 1984) to declare reading fluency to be a neglected goal of reading instruction. However, since the publication of the National Reading Panel Report in 2000, developing students’ oral reading fluency has taken center stage in classrooms across the United States (Pikulski & Chard, 2005).
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