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The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.

DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

Why Use DIBELS Next?

  • To identify students who may be at-risk for reading difficulties (universal screening).
  • To help teachers identify areas to target instructional support.
  • To monitor at-risk students while they receive additional, targeted instruction.
  • To examine the effectiveness of your school's system of instructional supports.

The Advantages of DIBELS

  • Specially-designed to be used within a problem-solving, outcomes-driven model of decision-making and response to intervention.
  • DIBELS measures are reliable and valid.
  • Research-based benchmark goals are available, defining a level at which the odds are in the student's favor of meeting later reading outcome goals.

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