DIBELS Assessment (Elementary)

What is DIBELS?

DIBELS 8 consists of several brief tests that are used as indicators of critical skills that students need to master in order to become good readers. Much like measuring a child's height and weight provides an indicator of that child's overall growth, each DIBELS 8 assessment provides an indicator of how well a child is doing in learning a particular early reading skill. The scores tell us whether a child is likely to be 'on track' for learning to read, or whether that child may need some additional help in learning important reading skills.

When are DIBELS assessments given?

DIBELS assessments are given three times a year at the beginning, midpoint, and at the end of the year.

How are students assessed by DIBELS?

The tests are made of up of several different 1 minute measures. Students are tested one on one with a specially trained staff member. In grades 3-5, students use the computer to complete one of the brief measures.

When should I expect reports on my student's growth and progress?

At the beginning of the year, students take the DIBELS assessment and are scored as a baseline to develop goals throughout the year. After the midyear and end of year assessment, you will recieve your child's progress on the assessment.

How do teachers use the DIBELS assessment data?

Becoming a fluent and competent reader is critical for all students. Learning to read is complex and multi-faceted. The DIBELS assessments allow our teachers to better understand those complex processes and skills that will support your child's growth as a reader. Teachers use these measures to develop personalized literacy goals and plan targeted instruction to meet your child's needs.

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