Assessments and Resources
DIBELS Next (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy) is a standardized test to measure a student’s early literacy skills. The test is given individually three times during the year. These are short, one minute tests that monitor your child’s reading skills.
DIBELS Next includes:
- First Sound Fluency measure how well your child can identify pictures that begin with a certain sound.
- Letter Naming Fluency measures how many letters your child can identify in one minute.
- Phoneme Segmentation Fluency measures how well your child can say the individual sounds in a given word.
- Nonsense Word Fluency measures how well your child can read nonsense words that follow the phonemic pattern of actual words.
- Oral Reading Fluency measures how many words your child can read in a minute. Students are given a paragraph to read.
Running records are a form of assessment where teachers are able to listen to students reading and record their reading behaviors. The students are reading unfamiliar books so that we have a better idea of what strategies the child is using. This helps guide our instruction and allows the classroom teacher to make appropriate book choices.
Running records are administered 3-4 times a year. Your child may not be assessed each time depending on his/her reading level.
The Title 1 reading teachers along with the classroom teachers are responsible for administering the running records assessments.