Teaching Resource

Reading Fluency Assessment Tool

PDF, Word | 6 pages|Grades: 3 - 5

A user-friendly tool for teachers to test their students’ fluency and accuracy.

This teaching resource includes:

  • teacher guidelines
  • a literary and factual text for students to read
  • an assessment tool for teachers
  • a fluency assessment checklist.

  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  • VCELY256

    Read an increasing range of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts by combining phonic, semantic, contextual and grammatical knowledge, using text processing strategies, including confirming, rereading and cross-checking

  • VCELY287

    Read different types of texts for specific purposes by combining phonic, semantic, contextual and grammatical knowledge using text processing strategies, including monitoring meaning, skimming, scanning and reviewing

  Australian Curriculum alignment

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Chantelle Denyer

Hello Teach Starter. I have just completed these with my class. However, I am unsure of how to work out the AWPM. So if the formula is (words read correctly / minutes read), do we not take into account seconds? So if the child took 1 min and 25 seconds to read the text, do I use 1 as the denominator? Or do I turn them into seconds and have 85 as the denominator?
Any help would be greatly appreciated ! Thank you!

Chantelle Denyer · Jun 21st, 2020

Holly (Teach Starter)

Hi Chantelle, good question! Yes, you do include the seconds. And yes you convert the time into seconds. So, if your student read 30 words over 1 min 30 secs. Then your equation would look like this 30 / 90 = 0.333. But, then you need to times by 60 to get your average words per minute which would equal an average of 20 words per minute. I hope this helps!

Holly (Teach Starter) · Jun 23rd, 2020


Fantastic resource, will be using these with my Grade 3s to test for fluency. Thank you

Annie · May 28th, 2015

Holly (Teach Starter)

Hi Annie,
Thanks for your comment! We are glad you are able to use this resource in your classroom.

Holly (Teach Starter) · May 29th, 2015

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