Reading skill requirements for first-grade students under the Common Core State Standards Initiative include understanding spoken words and sounds, phonics, word analysis and the organization and basic features of printed text. The requirements also include reading with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Common Core expects students to recognize sentence components, be able to pronounce single-syllable words by blending sounds and to separate single-syllable words into component sounds. It requires students to know spelling-sound correspondences, to decode regularly spelled one-syllable words and to recognize irregularly spelled one-syllable words. When reading aloud, students must use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and read at an appropriate rate with accuracy and consistency over multiple readings.