Importance of Oral Reading Records

Oral Reading Records are one of the most important assessments a teacher can use to get a variety of information about a student's reading abilities. Learn more about the importance of taking oral reading records by watching this short video of our expert, Adria Klein, discussing the topic.

What is the purpose of an Oral Reading Record?

The purpose of an ORR is to capture reading behaviors during authentic reading, document student reading progress, help plan instruction, and collect valuable data. Oral reading records indicate student progress in response to reading instruction, identify current needs, and indicate the student's overall reading proficiency.

Oral reading records also help establish reading levels so that you understand where to place a student in reading groups. These assessments give you insight into each student's use of decoding skills, comprehension skills, and fluency. You will be able to determine which skills your student may be struggling with and then tailor your instruction.

The reporting suite in Digital ORR lets you track your students' reading progress throughout the year, and allows you to set targets and monitor how you are achieving those goals. For more information on reports, visit the Reports section.


About Adria Klein:

Adria Klein, Ph.D., is a Benchmark Education author and renowned for her work with school districts across the United States to support literacy instruction. She has authored and co-authored many professional books and articles about guided reading and other literacy topics.

Last Updated: May 12, 2020