What is DIBELS?

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is an assessment system that our district uses to screen students for reading difficulties, as well as monitor the progress of students who have shown weaknesses in a specific area of reading. 


What does DIBELS measures?

The DIBELS measures are comprised of a series of one-minute reading assessments that map onto the five “big ideas” of reading instruction.  These five 'big ideas are:  Phonemic Awareness, Alphabetic Principle, Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension.  Each DIBELS measure specifically assesses one of the big ideas of reading and provides information to our teachers regarding a student's progress towards their established reading goals. The DIBELS measures are available in English and Spanish, are research based, are used throughout the United States and provide a quick standardized snapshot of our students' overall reading performance.  Educators like the DIBELS measures due to their high reliability and validity coefficients, as well as their ease of use and minimum impact on instructional time.


How does a DIBELS score help my child?

DIBELS measures provide instructional recommendations to staff (Benchmark, Some-Risk, At-risk) regarding the types of instructional supports that may be needed to help a student meet their next reading goal.  The DIBELS measures have been established to have a significant correlation with the reading portion of the Proficiency of Wyoming Students (PAWS), our state assessment, at grades 3, 4, and 5.  The measures also have a significant correlation with the reading measures of MAP kindergarten through 5th grades.  MAP is another national assessment our district is using to assess academic growth of our students.  For additional information about the DIBELS measures, as well as early reading skills and interventions, please visit http://dibels.uoregon.edu.