EdWatch: Star Hill's fluency station improves reading comprehension

By Amy Cherry 10:21am, May 15, 2013
Teaching students to read with meaning is the goal of an award-winning program at one downstate school.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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"With standardized testing, it became obvious that we were struggling with comprehension."

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To fix that, Star Hill Elementary School in Camden-Wyoming has set up a fluency station after discovering it's the bridge to comprehension.

Barbara Micklus is the school's achievement liaison teacher.

"Part of fluency is prosodic reading and reading with meaning so we realized that we really needed to teach kids how to do that, if they didn't know how to do that," says Micklus.

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Trained staff work with students on weekly reading passages that are centered around students' needs. Micklus says students have made great strides.

"It's been very successful. Our standardized test scores say so obviously; our students say so in their every day language and reading, and of course, our parents, who are involved in the program say so as well," Micklus says.

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She has big hopes for the future of fluency across the Caesar Rodney School District.

"I would love to see more content area reading coming into the picture," she says.

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The program took home a 2013 Superstars in Education award.

"It's amazing. I feel like a superstar!" she exclaims.

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