Fix the meter
I loved the fluency meter because it motivated me. Now it is broken. Can someone please fix this
The only people who can fix it is duolingo staff. I myself would prefer if they removed it rather than fixed it, IMHO.
I have been doing french lessons for almost a week now and my meter has not gone up
At that rate your fluency score might not change until you've finished the tree and started revising. That doesn't mean it's broken, just that it's just not measuring what you think.
Also, my sister is only a few skills away from finishing, and she's at 20%, while I'm at 41% and I'm not nearly as close to finishing as she is.
Fluency is indicating how well you are going at the lessons (in terms of mistakes made, weak words, and how often you peek at the hints), it really has nothing to do with levels or how close you are to finishing. It's also not out of 100%, but instead out of about 65 (I think the idea is that because duolingo is only the intro course, completing it doesn't indicate 100% fluency).
She's really good at Spanish, she frequently strengthens her skills, and she does not check for the word meaning often. And yes, I know it's not out of 100%. The highest I've seen someone say their percentage was 72%.
Fabian Becker's skill strength userscript might explain it http://blog.fabianbecker.eu/duolingo-skill-strength/
If you install the script somewhere, you could both log in to see your overall percentages and also the individual skill strengths. I've found it really helpful for identifying which lesson I need to review next.
For me, the script reports (for Spanish) Overall Strength: 75.7 % Dead Words (0 Strength): 302/2717
This compares to a Duolingo fluency percentage of 46%.
I'd be curious to know if there is a consistent link between those two percentages, or if there's more to the fluency score.
Please read http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Fluency
However, keep in mind:
Duolingo's fluency % is a nonsense number.
It says nothing about your fluency in the real world.
Duolingo's Fluency % is unreliable.
Recently appeared that the Duolingo staff had manipulated this "fluency %" for testing purposes (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22225104)
Duolingo will only bring you to an A2/B1 skill level in reading/writing and A1 (maybe A2) in listening/talking.
Info about language levels: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages
Read from "Common reference levels".
In the comments of this discussion you can read some tips to improve your French:
However, I think Duolingo's courses are excellent.
Just enjoy the courses and don't worry about Duolingo's fluency %.