Reading Fluency and College Readiness Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractThe Common Core State Standards suggest that an appropriate goal for secondary education is college and career readiness. Previous research has identified reading fluency as a critical component for proficient reading. One component of fluency is word recognition accuracy and automaticity. The present study attempted to determine the word recognition accuracy and automaticity indicators for incoming college students and to examine the relationship between oral reading rate and ACT scores. Knowledge of such performance may provide secondary literacy educators with another tool for assessing reading proficiency and college readiness. Eightyone students were asked to read a collegelevel narrative passage. Mean student accuracy and automacity scores were determined, as well as correlations between accuracy, automacity, and students ACT scores. Results suggest a moderate and significant relationship between measures of automaticity and both the ACT reading subtest and ACT composite scores.

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altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Rasinski, T. V., Chang, S., Edmondson, E., Nageldinger, J., Nigh, J., Remark, L., ... Rupley, W. H.

citation count

  • 29

publication date

  • January 2017