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Oral Reading Study

The 2002 oral reading study was done to see how well U.S. fourth-graders could read a typical grade 4 story aloud. The assessment provided information about students’ fluency in reading aloud and examined the relationship among oral reading, accuracy, rate, fluency, and comprehension. The 2002 oral reading study was a follow-up to the 1992 study, NAEPFacts: Listening to Children Read Aloud: Oral Fluency. The 1992 study, the first attempt at measuring oral reading on a large scale, was among the first such tests performed.

2002 Oral Reading Study Report

Oral Reading Study Findings

See student experiences and context for learning findings for recent NAEP assessments:

Assessment Content

Oral reading performance, which indicates overall reading ability, includes three key elements: accuracy, rate, and fluency. The study results, as measured by the 2002 main NAEP reading assessment, are intended to inform educators and researchers about fourth-graders’ oral reading abilities and how they relate to overall comprehension.

Assessment Administration

See how the oral reading assessment was administered to fourth-graders in 2002.

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Last updated 17 July 2018 (AA)