DIBELS: A Teacher-Friendly Basic Literacy Accountability Tool for the Primary ClassroomBy Langdon, Tom; Teaching Exceptional Children, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 54-58
Publication Date: November/December 2004
Article discusses the Dynamic Indicators of Early Basic Literacy Skills (DIBELS), which is a system for literacy accountability for special education students in kindergarten through third grade. The system consists of repeatable one-minute measures of phonological and text reading fluency skills that have been identified as vital to the development of basic reading skills. Instructors are presented with progress monitoring and benchmark data, which direct the student from one basic reading skill to the next, once adequate fluency rates are determined. The DIBELS system was designed to help students with learning disabilities develop the basic pre-reading skills that lead to fluent decoding, word-level reading, and connected-text reading, all of which are necessary for reading comprehension.
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