Reading is a complex intellectual process that encompasses immense benefits. In the early stages of a child’s academic years, reading is one of the most important skills to learn. Reading helps a student communicate with others, discover and learn new things, complete day-to-day tasks, comprehend and retain what he or she is learning, master a language, generate new ideas, and form intellectual thoughts.
Dr. Timothy Rasinski, professor of literacy education at Kent State University, notes in the forward to Teaching Stamina & Silent Reading in the Digital-Global Age (E.H. Hiebert, 2015) that reading fluency has been taught and assessed primarily through methods of oral reading – often for speed and for very short periods of time – making it the predominant form of reading in many primary and intermediate classrooms across the country.1
While oral reading is proven to be beneficial to students, Dr. Rasinski argues that it should not be the only form of reading that students engage with and the only method that educators use to assess reading fluency.1