DIBELS Testing K-2

2017 - 2018

Parent Information

What is DIBELS?

DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills.

DIBELS are measures that help teachers and schools determine how students are performing on important reading skills. It is used to identify children who may need extra help to become good readers. Each test is an indicator of how well a child is doing in learning a particular early reading skill.

All students in K-2 will take part in the DIBELS assessment this year. It is completed one-on-one in a virtual classroom.

What is on the DIBELS Assessment?

DIBELS Next includes the following sub-tests for students in K-2. Each sub-test takes one minute to complete.

First Sound Fluency
Given in Kindergarten
- Can your student hear the beginning sounds in words?

Letter Naming Fluency
Given in Kindergarten and 1st Grade
- Does your student know the names of letters and read them easily?

Phoneme Segmentation Fluency
Given in Kindergarten and 1st Grade
- Can your student break apart words into individual sounds?

Nonsense Word Fluency
Given in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade
- Does your student know the sounds that letters make automatically?
- Can they blend the sounds together to pronounce an unfamiliar word?

Oral Reading Fluency
Given in 1st Grade and 2nd Grade
- How many words per minute can your student read correctly?

DIBELS Testing Schedule

Your student's teacher will post a Canvas lesson with information about signing up to complete their DIBELS assessment. Please be sure to complete this lesson and confirm your student's meeting time with their teacher.

  • September


  • January


  • May