Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)


The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are seven standardized, brief, repeatable, fluency-based measures of early literacy skills. This set of measures is built on Curriculum-Based Measurement—Reading and represents a behavioral assessment approach to testing academic skills. Each measure takes approximately 1 minute to administer and has many equivalent alternate forms to facilitate repeated assessments over time. Through a program of longitudinal research conducted at the University of Oregon, a sequence of benchmark goals that indicate adequate progress toward successful reading outcomes has been established.

An essential feature of the DIBELS assessment system is the correspondence of the measures to the core components of early literacy, as identified by the National Reading Panel. The Initial Sound Fluency (ISF) and ...

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