The purpose of this article is to consider oral reading fluency as an indicator of overall reading competence. We begin by examining theoretical arguments for supposing that oral reading fluencymayreflect overall reading competence.Wethen summarize several studies substantiating this phenomenon. Next,weprovide an historical analy- sis of the extent to which oral reading fluency has been incorporated into measure- ment approaches during the past century.Weconclude with recommendations about the assessment of oral reading fluency for research and practice.
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