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What are DIBELS?

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.

The DIBELS measures were specifically designed to assess the Big Ideas in Reading:

Big Ideas in Beginning Reading focuses on the five BIG IDEAS of early literacy:

The Big Ideas in Beginning Reading website includes definitions and descriptions of the research and theories behind each of the big ideas, describes how to assess the big ideas, and provides information on how to teach the big ideas in your classroom.

To get more information about NICHD Publications and Materials about Reading, visit:http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubskey.cfm?from=reading.

To learn more about the National Reading Panel, visit:http://www.nationalreadingpanel.org/default.htm.