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