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DIBELS Next (Early Literacy Screener) 

The Juneau School District administers the DIBELS Next assessment three times a year to all students in grades K-5. It is an assessment used to measure the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Taken from the Dynamic Measurement Group website:

DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills , and is comprised of six measures that function as indicators of the essential skills that every child must master to become a proficient reader.

The DIBELS measures are brief (most take one minute to administer), and are used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. DIBELS was designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in the acquisition of basic early literacy skills, in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

DIBELS has been specifically designed to be used within a problem-solving, outcomes-driven model of decision-making and response to intervention. The DIBELS measures are reliable and valid. Research-based benchmark goals are available which define a level at which the odds are in the student's favor of meeting later reading outcome goals.

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