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Oral Reading Fluency

Oral reading fluency is a measure of overall reading competence: the ability to translate letters into sounds, unify sounds into words, process connections, relate text to meaning, and make inferences to fill in missing information.

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About This Chart

This chart shows the distribution of the number of words of connected text read correctly per minute by Egyptian grade 3 students. The percentage of students in each interval is shown on each bar.

Questions for Discussion

What factors might account for the percentage of grade 3 students unable to read a single word? Is this percentage expected or appropriate? What implications are there for policy and practices? What might be done to improve student outcomes?

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Dark circles indicate too few cases for reliable estimate.

Percentage of Egyptian Grade 3 Students in Each Oral Reading Fluency Interval

Percentage of Egyptian grade 3 students who could not read a single word of connected text (zero score) by region, urban or rural residence and gender

Questions for Discussion

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The percentage of students scoring zero on this subtask is too low to present as a separate category (fewer than 10 cases). This represents a very positive finding. Students scoring zero have been combined with students scoring in the first non-zero category of the distributions shown on this page. Additional analyses of zero scores for this subtask are not presented.

Summary: Oral Reading Fluency Scores

  MeanLowest ValueHighest ValueLower 95% Confidence LimitUpper 95% Confidence Limit
East Delta
Rural
Male21.60.074.718.025.3
Female23.90.074.320.027.8
Urban
Male26.80.0101.821.532.0
Female26.70.079.019.434.0
Metro Cairo
Rural
Male15.40.066.09.021.9
Female21.80.096.412.231.5
Urban
Male26.00.087.719.732.3
Female26.90.085.521.432.5
Mid Egypt
Rural
Male11.00.074.38.813.2
Female16.40.078.113.019.8
Urban
Male21.20.058.99.333.0
Female15.30.050.07.822.8
Upper Egypt
Rural
Male12.50.076.09.415.6
Female15.60.084.612.718.6
Urban
Male24.70.070.214.235.2
Female24.60.056.015.433.8
West Delta
Rural
Male21.70.083.117.825.5
Female26.30.076.422.330.3
Urban
Male25.20.097.119.231.2
Female35.50.082.031.140.0

# indicates too few cases for reliable estimate

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