This data sheet was designed for recording reading fluency for students in a special education classroom, whose reading rates do not correspond with their grade levels. It can be used for recording the results of informal assessments or more frequent fluency practice. It is appropriate for classrooms without a packaged reading fluency program or as an alternate data collection system to use with a packaged reading fluency program. The chart is organized with a column for each 10 word interval. This arrangement allows staff, students and parents to see at a glance where the student's fluency falls compared to average readers at each grade level, and to observe a student's growth over time.
The grade level equivalents are based on Hasbrouk and Tindal's 2006 findings on mean oral reading fluency (50th percentile) at the beginning of each grade level. This can be used as an informal assessment of reading fluency, using any system of text leveling. For example, Lexile levels, Fountas and Pinnell, DRA or Reading Recovery.