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Why are the fluency passages fiction?

When we designed the fluency passages, we chose fiction because generally we expect fiction to be more conversational than non-fiction, with more dialogue, and would lend itself more diagnostically to analyzing prosody.  Furthermore, with fictional fluency passages and non-fiction used in the comprehension subtest, DORA addresses the unique reading differences between fiction and non-fiction, making it a more robust assessment.

Tags: fluency passages, fiction for fluency, fluency stories, assessing fluency

  1. Anne-Evan Williams
    Reply 10/22/10

    The details about all leveling decisions in DORA are available in the DORA Research Specs document, available here:

  2. Patrice
    Reply 10/13/10

    How are the leveled passages in the DORA leveled fluency assessment packet leveled?

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