DIBELS is an acronym for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. It is a set of simple assessments to identify children who may need additional assistance, aid in moving toward the goal of all children reading at grade level and maintaining their reading proficiency, and help teachers plan reading instruction.
The DIBELS benchmark assessments are given three times a year to all children in grades Kindergarten-Fourth.
Research data identifies scores, or benchmarks, which students should achieve at each grade level. Students who have not reached the benchmark level will receive more intensive, slowly paced, or individually tailored instruction in order to meet the next benchmark. Intervention takes place daily during the school day.
Q&A for Parents
What can you do to help your kindergarten child?
Make sure your child knows the letters of the alphabet. Point to different letters on papers, food boxes, signs on the road and ask your child to identify the letter. Practice with both capital and lower case letters.
As you talk with your child, often ask him/her what sound they hear at the beginning of a word. When your child gets good at naming the beginning sound, then start asking them to name the ending sound.
Read with your child. After reading, talk about the story. Ask your child to retell the story.
What can you do to help your first grade child?
Encourage your child to practice reading simple words that are found around the house: on the backs of cereal boxes, in books and papers. Use newspapers or magazines and have your child find words to read.
Take every opportunity you can to help increase your child's vocabulary. You can do this by pointing to things and asking the child to tell you what they are, or you can stop and explain the meaning of any words in your reading that the child may not understand. The more you talk to your child, the faster their vocabulary will grow.
As you child practices spelling words, have him/her give the sounds of the letters rather than always saying the names of the letters. By encouraging your child to say the sounds of the words, you will be helping to develop an independent speller and reader.