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What is DIBELS? DIBELS 6th Edition stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills and is an assessment tool that is given to all students Kindergarten through 5th grade in our school district. 
DIBELS helps us to:

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

DIBELS is designed to be an efficient, cost-effective tool used to help make decisions about reading instruction, to help the teacher provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties. DIBELS assesses basic early literacy skills, or the essential skills that every child must master to become a proficient reader (National Reading Panel, 2000; National Research Council, 1998).

The Basic Early Literacy Skills

  • Phonemic Awareness: Hearing and using sounds in spoken words
  • Phonics: The system of letter-sound relationships that serves as the foundation for decoding words in print.
    • Alphabetic Principle and Basic Phonics: The concept that printed letters  correspond to the sounds of spoken words. Knowing the most common sounds of       consonants and vowels and sounding out phonetically regular consonant-vowel-consonant  (CVC) words.
    • Advanced Phonics and Word Attack Skills: Knowing all the sounds for the letters and  letter combinations and sounding out written words.
  • Accurate and Fluent Reading of Connected Text: Reading stories and passages easily and confidently with few mistakes.
  • Vocabulary and Language Skills: Understanding and correctly using a variety of words.
  • Reading Comprehension: Understanding what is read.


From the DIBELS 6th Edition Assessment Manual, Roland H. Good III and Ruth A. Kaminski SoprisWest. 2003


Wingdale Elementary School   6413 Route 55   Wingdale, NY 12594   Phone: (845) 877-5720   Fax: (845) 877-5729

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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