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Will curriculum targeting oral reading fluency improve reading comprehension?

While both oral reading fluency and comprehension are well researched, there is at least one remaining question. Will a research-based curriculum that targets oral reading fluency simultaneously improve reading comprehension? Research supports the notion that oral reading fluency helps readers to extract meaning from text Considering all prior research, is it possible to target reading fluency without explicitly teaching reading comprehension and achieve significant gains in both areas? This study examines this question with both a controlled and experimental treatment. After a twelve-week study it was found that focusing on fluency instruction improves a reader's oral fluency rate but not necessarily his reading comprehension.

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