DIBELS for Accountability Decisions

DIBELS AD is an add-on component for DIBELS Next that can be used as one indicator of student growth within a comprehensive teacher evaluation and accountability program.

When using DIBELS AD™, standard DIBELS Next® benchmark testing is conducted at the beginning and middle of the school year. For the end-of-year benchmark assessment, DIBELS AD testing forms are administered in place of the DIBELS Next testing forms.

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For a discussion of DIBELS for Accountability Decisions (DIBELS AD), view this webinar from Dr. Roland Good and Dr. Kelly Powell-Smith.

DIBELS AD Features:

  • Secure, alternate form of DIBELS Next
  • Replaces spring benchmark testing
  • Used with DIBELS Next for teacher evaluation
  • Uses Pathways of Progress analysis

Availability of DIBELS AD

DIBELS AD and Pathways of Progress™
are available from the authors of DIBELS at Dynamic Measurement Group, and their partners at Amplify.

Important For the 2016-2017 school year, schools must use either DIBELSnet® or mCLASS®
to receive DIBELS AD Reports.

Paper & Pencil

Paper & Pencil DIBELS users may obtain price and purchasing information about DIBELS AD from Dynamic Measurement Group by contacting customer service at:

  1. 1-888-943-1240
  2. info@dibels.org


Users of mCLASS may purchase DIBELS AD from Amplify by

  1. visiting http://go.amplify.com/DIBELSAD
  2. contacting their local educational partnership representative
  3. calling 1-800-823-1969, option 1

Additional DIBELS AD Information

Pathways of Progress and DIBELS AD

DIBELS AD results are based on Pathways of Progress, a new DIBELS tool designed to empower teachers to make better decisions about:

  • goals to set for individual students;
  • and changes to instruction in real time when students aren’t making adequate progress.

Pathways of Progress places students into one of five Pathways based on the amount of progress they make over the course of the year in comparison to other students with similar initial skills.

DIBELS AD uses Pathways data to reflect instructional effectiveness in terms of the percent of students in a class making at least typical progress, compared to other classrooms at the same grade level.


Pathways of Progress Features:

Pathways of Progress is a research-based tool for: 

  • setting progress monitoring goals,
  • evaluating student progress,
  • reflecting the effectiveness of support at the classroom, school, or district level,
  • use with DIBELS AD or as a stand-alone.

More Infomation about DIBELS AD

For more information, read the original announcement for DIBELS AD.