We recently completed our reading fluency assessment for the middle of the year, and there is good news to report:
With 25 students in our class, all have improved on their reading fluency. That is to say, that all have increased the number of words they can read in a minute. The idea is that if students read at a more conversational rate, they will be more likely to understand what they read. With that in mind, the ideal word count at the beginning of the year was 108-134 words per minute, while the current goal is 126-152. At the end of the year, we hope to fall between 140 and 168 words per minute. As students improve, the target moves, so the object of the game is to increase at a higher rate than the target does. Naturally, some fall short and some excel, and 17 of our Hoggatteers have met that expectation, as well, while others fell just short. Still, progress is progress.
Working on their current levels, our class average has risen by 26.88 words per minute from the beginning of the year. This is a significant increase, and many students have had to increase their goals after meeting them.
Our Multiplication Has Improved
As we continue to work toward mastery of our basic multiplication facts, there is good news to report. Eight Hoggatteers have officially become Multiplication Masters, and our class average has finally reached 80%, up four points from the last series of quizzes. While we still have students who are very deficient with their basic skills, the class has pleasingly and steadily improved.