Fluency (rate and accuracy) is essential for reading comprehension. If your child reads slowly, it will take her longer to complete assignments and she will remember less.
You can measure your child's ability to recognize real and nonsense words in a list format with accuracy and automaticity using the Test of Word Reading Efficiency, Second Edition (TOWRE-2).
The TOWRE-2 can help differentiate between different types of reading deficits and can be used to measure progress.
The Test of Silent Word Reading Fluency, Second Edition (TOSWRF-2) measures reading fluency. It is not designed to measure reading comprehension. This test is not appropriate for a child who has difficulty controlling his pencil.
The Gray Oral Reading Tests, Fifth Edition (GORT-5) measure reading fluency and comprehension. The child answers questions based on passages that he reads aloud. The GORT-5 measures oral reading rate, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. It also provides an Oral Reading Index, a combined measure of fluency and comprehension.
No reading test measures all reading skills. To understand what your child's test scores mean, you need to know what skills the test measured.
For a complete listing, see Table 6-1 Reading Tests and the Skills They Measure in Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, 2nd Edition, page 60.