Reliability and validity of oral reading fluency median and mean scores among middle grade readers when using equated texts


We evaluated the reliability and validity of two oral reading fluency scores for 1-minute equated passages: median score and mean score. These scores were calculated from measures of reading fluency administered up to five times over the school year to students in grades six to eight (n = 1,317). Both scores were highly reliable with strong convergent validity for adequately developing and struggling middle grade readers. These results support the use of either the median or mean score for oral reading fluency assessments for middle grade readers.



Response to intervention, Reading fluency, Middle grade readers


Copyright 2012 Reading Psychology. This is a post-print version of a published paper that is available at: Recommended citation: Barth, Amy E., Karla K. Stuebing, Jack M. Fletcher, Paul T. Cirino, Melissa Romain, David Francis, and Sharon Vaughn. "Reliability and Validity of Oral Reading Fluency Median and Mean Scores among Middle Grade Readers when Using Equated Texts." Reading Psychology 33, no. 1-2 (2012): 133-161. doi: 10.1080/02702711.2012.631863. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author's permission.