The Positive Effect of 6-Minute Fluency on Reading Comprehension Using STAR Reading Assessment

Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Brian Smith


6-Minute Fluency, fluency, comprehension


Fluency is an important component of reading. If a student is not reading fluently, it becomes much more difficult to gain meaning and deeper comprehension from the text. The goal of fluency needs to be to read at an appropriate rate, that enhances comprehension. The purpose of this study is to assess the effect 6-Minute Fluency, with an additional comprehension component, has on a student’s level of reading comprehension and fluency. This study includes six students, ages 7 and 8. Four of these students are male and two are female, and four students have English as their second language. It is important for students to understand the “why” in what they are doing and set a purpose. Fluency needs to include the ability of being able to read with speed, accuracy, proper expression, and with meaning. These students participated in 6-Minute Fluency Daily, with added comprehension pieces, such as pulling out key information, discussing vocabulary, and additional comprehension questions from passages. Students who engaged in daily 6-Minute Fluency, with an added comprehension component, increased their level of reading comprehension and fluency, based off a variety of different assessments. However, a longer treatment period is needed to determine the direct effect this has on the STAR Reading Assessment.

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