What is this "Dibels" that I hear so much about??
Exeter, like many districts around the country, uses Dibels as one of the measurement tools to assess student progress in reading. Dibels is quick and easy to administer for both student and teacher. It is a predictor of student progress in reading. It is just one of the measures that we use to determine and monitor Tier group placements. We also use Fountas & Pinnell Reading Benchmarking system, reading PSSA scores (grade 4 only) and classroom teacher input on student progress.
The following information is from the DIBELS website. Check it out if you have more questions about Dibels: https://dibels.org/dibels.html
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.
DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.