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Rite Flight: A Classroom Reading Rate Program

Rite Flight: A Classroom Reading Rate Program is a curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Rite Flight: Rate equips teachers and reading specialists to help students increase their reading rate and fluency.

The 2000 National Reading Panel report*, “Teaching Children to Read,” includes fluency as one of the necessary elements of effective reading instruction. Students with poor reading fluency read haltingly and inaccurately, limiting their understanding of the passage. They ignore punctuation so that phrases and sentences become meaningless combinations of words. Because dysfluent readers struggle with reading tasks, they avoid required reading and rarely read for pleasure. As a result, they spend less time reading and can fall behind their peers.

Rite Flight: Rate was designed to be a Tier II intervention for use by classroom teachers, reading specialists and special education teachers with first through eighth grade students. It can be used as supplemental or intervention instruction for individuals, small groups or the whole classroom.

When used as a supplement, Rite Flight: Rate should be integrated into a core reading program to adequately address fluency. As a fluency component of primary grade reading remediation and instruction, Rite Flight: Rate should be introduced early in the course of instruction in letter-sound recognition and should not be delayed until after phonics has been taught.

The program can be used in conjunction with a variety of core reading curricula that employ evidence-based components in phonemic awareness and phonics. Rite Flight: Rate may be used for more intensive instruction within the framework of a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) model.

Rite Flight: Rate Instruction Method

Rite Flight: Rate differs from standard reading fluency instruction by using a method of instruction designed to promote the recognition of letter clusters within words. Students follow a repeated reading schedule that introduces the same words in isolation, in phrases and finally in stories.

Sequence of timed reading with Rite Flight: Rate:

  • Story - 60 seconds
  • Words - 30 seconds
  • Phrases - 30 seconds
  • Story - 60 seconds

Rite Flight: Rate is not intended to be used in place of a comprehensive intervention for students identified with dyslexia, as it addresses only one component of reading.

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For More Information

For more information about Rite Flight training opportunities and the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia's educational services, please call (214) 559-7815 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7815.

*National Institutes of Child Health and Development (2000). Report of the National Reading Panel. “Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction.” (NIH Publication No. 00-4769). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.