Q:

What is fluency? My fourth-grader's reading test results showed that she has poor fluency and so-so comprehension. Are these two skills related? -- Perplexed

A:

The National Reading Panel has defined fluency as "reading text with speed, accuracy and proper expression." When students are able to read fluently, they are definitely more likely to understand and remember what they have read. This is supported by most research. Of course, students aren't really readers unless they understand (comprehend) what they read.

If your daughter's fluency skills are improved, it is very likely that her comprehension also will improve. This is something that you can help her do. Go to our website, www.dearteacher.com, and click on "Reading" under "Skill Builders," and you'll find several things that you can do to improve her fluency, especially the Neurological Impress Method.