New Mexico - Public Education Department


Amplify - New Mexico Formative Assessment System

K–3 Plus Assessment Memo/Timeline Summer 2016

K–3 Plus Assessment Guidance for Summer 2016

What is DIBELS?

DIBELS is a set of measures and procedures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, and is comprised of six measures that function as indicators of the essential skills that every child must master to become a proficient reader. The DIBELS measures are brief (most take one minute to administer), and are used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. DIBELS was designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in the acquisition of basic early literacy skills, in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

DIBELS assessments are:
  • brief
  • efficient
  • cost-effective
  • individually administered
  • standardized
  • formative
The purposes of DIBELS are:
  • to identify students who may be at risk for reading difficulties (universal screening)
  • to help teachers identify areas to target instructional support
  • to monitor at-risk students while they receive additional, targeted instruction
  • to examine the effectiveness of your school's system of instructional supports

The advantages of DIBELS are:
  • DIBELS has been specifically designed to be used within a problem-solving, outcomes-driven model of decision making and response to intervention
  • The DIBELS measures are reliable and valid
  • Research-based benchmark goals are available which define a level at which the odds are in the student's favor of meeting later reading outcome goals
  • Spanish (IDELR)
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