DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)

DIBELS is an assessment that measures how students are performing on the following important reading skills:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension 

Students in grades K-6 are tested three times a year: fall, winter, and spring.  Students are monitored and tested for progress in learning to read several times a year.

DIBELS Results

Results are used for:
  • DIBELS scores help teachers prepare their day-to-day reading lessons.
  • Scores provide teachers and parents information about whether or not a student is on track for grade-level reading success.
  • Teachers can quickly identify students who do not meet DIBELS measure goals and provide intervention.
Results are shared with parents:
  • Fall and winter results are shared with parents at parent-teacher conferences.
  • Spring results are mailed home with the end-of-year report card.

DIBELS Proficiency

Proficiency is measured by a student's ability to orally read words accurately, smoothly, and with expression.

Grade level targets for a student to achieve are:

  • 1st grade:  44 wpm (words per minute)
  • 2nd grade: 94 wpm
  • 3rd grade: 112 wpm
  • 4th grade: 125 wpm
  • 5th grade: 131 wpm
  • 6th grade: 138 wpm

Kindergartners do not read DIBELS passages. They are tested orally over individual sounds and the ability to blend the sounds into words.

Historical DIBELS Data Results-Oral Fluency
GradeS 1- 6

Historical DIBELS Data Results-Nonsense Word Fluency 
GradE K