What is DIBELS?

    The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of research-based procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through third grade. 

    Who takes it?

    All Kindergarten and 1st graders with no prior DIBELS data are required to participate in DIBELS as a dyslexia (potential reading difficulties) screener.

    All other 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students will participate in either the DIBELS or MAP reading assessments. Check with your student's school to see whether your student participates in DIBELS or MAP reading.

    What does it measure?

    DIBELS measure early literacy skills based on the five "Big Ideas in Beginning Reading." You can learn about how teachers are using these five ideas by visiting the Office of Teaching and Learning Core Academics page.

    When is it administered?

    DIBELS is administered three times per year in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

    View the district testing calendar for exact testing dates.

    How is it administered?

    • DIBELS is a paper-based test
    • The test takes about 1-3 minutes per measure and 10-15 minutes per student including transitions.

    How are the results used?

    Teachers can use DIBELS scores to

    • Personalize learning to match students' early literacy needs
    • Identify students who need additional support for early reading skills
    • Recognize students who are making progress

    DIBELS is used as a screener initially to indicate if a student may need more focused instruction and then as a formative assessment throughout the year so that teachers can adjust their teaching, if needed.

    Who requires it?

    District requirement (dyslexia screener is a state requirement).

    What if I want to know more about this assessment?

    Please visit the DIBELS website for educators, including more detailed information about what DIBELS measures.

    I'm a parent/guardian. Who do I contact with questions about this assessment?

    Contact your school if you have questions about DIBELS.