CARI is a set of measures and procedures for assessing the
literacy skills of 7th, 8th, and 9th graders.

CARI (DIBELS 7-9) Research Release

The authors of DIBELS® at Dynamic Measurement Group are pleased to announce the availability of a research version of CARI (DIBELS 7-9) to research partners for the
2017-2018 school year.

For details on the CARI Research Release, read our announcement.


CARI stands for Content Area Reading Indicators, and is a formative assessment for 7th to 9th grade students. The CARI is directly aligned with the Common Core Standards in Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies and includes a Daze comprehension, a Silent Reading (SR) comprehension, and an Oral Reading (OR) measure. Each measure is arranged in triads which include one science passage, one social studies passage, and one prose passage.

The final version of CARI will provide gating procedures so that the group-administered, less time-intensive components are given to more students while the individually administered, more time-intensive components are administered to fewer students, on an as-needed basis.

CARI (DIBELS 7-9) assessments are:

  • brief
  • efficient
  • group administered for benchmarking
  • individually administered for additional assessment
  • standardized
  • formative

Why Use CARI?

The purposes of CARI are to:

  • identify students who may be at risk for reading difficulties (universal screening);
  • help teachers identify areas to target Common Core Standards of instructional support;
  • monitor at-risk students while they receive additional, targeted instruction; and
  • examine the effectiveness of a school’s system of instructional supports.

The advantages of CARI passages and comprehension assessments are:

  • CARI has been specifically designed to be used within a problem-solving, outcomes-driven model of decision-making and response to intervention.
  • The CARI measures are reliable and valid.