~ D.I.B.E.L.S. ~
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills
The teachers and administrators at Sunset Ridge School are committed to helping each child become a successful reader. As part of this commitment, our district tests all kindergarten, first, second and third grade students three times per year. We use a test called Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) to help us examine how your child is doing in learning important reading skills.
DIBELS tests four of the skills that are necessary for learning to read. Children who learn these skills become good readers. These skills are:
• Phonemic Awareness: Hearing and using sounds in spoken words
• Phonics: Knowing the sounds of the letters and sounding out written words
• Accurate and Fluent Reading: Reading stories and other materials
easily and quickly with few mistakes
• Reading Comprehension: Understanding what is read
For more information on these skills, known as, The Big Ideas in Reading, you can visit: http://reading.uoregon.edu/big_ideas/
DIBELS is made up of six short individual tests. Each DIBELS test focuses on a different skill and takes about one minute to administer. A child may be given two to four of the DIBELS tests depending on his or her grade level. Each DIBELS test takes only about one minute to complete because these tests are used as indicators. Much like using a thermometer to take a child’s temperature is an indicator of overall health, each test is an indicator of how well a child is doing in learning a particular early reading skill. DIBELS is used with millions of children throughout the United States. A child’s score tells us whether the child is likely to be “on track” for learning to read, or whether that child may need some help in learning important reading skills. DIBELS is used to identify children who may need extra help to become good readers and to check up on those children while they receive the extra help to make sure they are making progress. Children are not given grades based on DIBELS assessments.