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A student’s words correct per minute (WCPM) score is a measure of oral reading fluency (ORF), which has a strong correlation with comprehension. This tends to be the go-to metric for summarizing a student’s reading ability.
There are a lot of words correct per minute expectations charts, but in my opinion the best one is Hasbrouck & Tindal’s 2006 chart. To determine oral reading fluency norms, Hasbrouck & Tindal collected data from thousands of students from 2000 to 2004. They came up with a chart for grades 1 through 8 that shows fall, winter, and spring words correct per minute scores. The chart is unique in that each set of numbers is broken up into percentiles: scores can be compared to 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, and 90th percentiles.
I have a hard time looking at a chart full of numbers and finding meaning, and at first Hasbrouck & Tindal’s 2006 chart was overwhelming. So I transferred those numbers to a graph with color representations for each percentile’s trajectory. Now the words correct per minute expectations made a lot more sense!
WHAT DOES THIS FREEBIE CONTAIN?
- There are three graphs, each spanning a different grade range: 1-5, 2-6, and 3-7. It’s the same information in each graph, just showing a different grade range on the X axis. This graph format is great for a snapshot of assessment results or to use as part of a report write-up.
- There is also a 5 page explanation of how I use these graphs as a reading specialist, complete with case study examples.
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