Why Does Reading Fluency Matter?

Reading fluency is the key to comprehension. It allows students to make a connection, or bridge, between word recognition and understanding a text as a whole. When this process occurs smoothly, reading becomes effortless. When reading is effortless, it can be fun.

Fluency is the first requirement for a lifelong love of reading.

Without fluency, students need to spend a disproportionate amount of time and effort on decoding, which doesn’t allow for an easy path to comprehension. Reading can quickly become frustrating and be viewed as a chore. But does it matter if a child doesn’t love to read due to a lack of fluency? Is reading really that important? Yes!

Beyond the joy that reading for pleasure gives, reading fluency is also critical for self-confidence and success in school. A lack of fluency in reading can hinder the development of a child’s vocabulary, leading to a domino effect of falling farther and farther behind due to insufficient language skills. If a student can’t read efficiently for comprehension, then reading-heavy subjects like social studies will be difficult. Even subjects like math require adequate reading fluency to understand and complete basic word problems.

With Rally Reader, your student can work on strengthening their fluency skills and develop rich vocabulary, all while accessing the joy of reading!