IDAPEL Early Release

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Announcing the Continued Availability of IDAPEL

The authors of IDAPEL® at Dynamic Measurement Group are pleased to announce the early release of IDAPEL for research partners for the 2017-2018 school year. IDAPEL is a series of French-language formative assessments designed to assess the early literacy skills of students learning to read in French in grades K through 5. IDAPEL assesses the fundamental early reading skills of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, and text comprehension.

As diagnostic tools, the IDAPEL measures are sensitive to student growth over time, and facilitate the early identification of students who may be at risk of insufficient reading gain. The measures are time efficient and easy to use, and invaluable for progress monitoring student skill, and for evaluating student response to intervention.

The measures are currently being used with French- language native speakers and students enrolled in French-language immersion programs. Preliminary benchmark goals have been established for native French-speaking students learning to read in French as their native language. We continue to analyze data collected with French immersion students for the purpose of establishing benchmark goals for this population of students.

Anyone planning on conducting IDAPEL testing will need to sign-up for our IDAPEL online training. In addition, participating sites must enter their IDAPEL data at three time points during the school year (beginning of year, middle of year, and end of year) into the DIBELSnet data reporting service. There is no cost for entering IDAPEL scores for the 2017-2018 school year.

IDAPEL materials will be made available to participating sites as a free download through the DMG website. Participating sites are responsible for printing copies of the testing materials as needed.


Requirements for Access to the IDAPEL Early Release Materials

If you would like to participate in the early release of IDAPEL and gain access to
the materials, please complete the following requirements:


  1. Send us your information.

    Email us at info@dibels.org with the following information:

    1. The name of your school/district and the state or province in which you are located.
    2. The name, email address, and phone number of the school or district contact person who will receive communications about IDAPEL.
    3. The approximate number of schools, grades, and students per grade who will be taking part in the Early Release study.
    4. The dates for the beginning and end of your school calendar.
    5. The approximate dates of benchmark testing windows for fall, winter, and spring.
    6. Whether you will be testing native French-speaking students, or students who are learning to speak French, or both.

  2. Take the IDAPEL training online.

    Anyone who will be conducting IDAPEL testing must first take our IDAPEL training workshop.

    To take the training online, the cost is $89 per user for 30 days of access. Click here to subscribe for a single-user account using a credit card. If you would like to pay by purchase order or sign up for an account for two or more people, please email info@dibels.org or call us
    at 1-888-943-1240 (toll-free).


  3. Sign up for DIBELSnet and enter IDAPEL data three times during the year.

    To sign up for DIBELSnet, visit https://dibels.net/ and click on the "Sign Up" button.

    Remember that using DIBELSnet to enter IDAPEL early release data for 2017-2018 is free, so you may leave the “billing” section of the use agreement blank. If you also choose to enter any English DIBELS reading data in DIBELSnet, the cost is $1 per student per school year.