DIBELS is an assessment used to measure the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade.

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DIBELS Next Benchmark Goals

DIBELS benchmark goals are target scores that represent adequate reading skill for a particular grade and time of year. A benchmark goal indicates a level of skill at which students are likely to achieve future reading outcomes.

The DIBELS Next benchmark goals were released in 2010 and have not changed. In 2016, a new 'Above Benchmark' goal was added to provide a higher target for which typical- and high-achieving students and schools can aim.

For details, see the DIBELS Next Benchmark Goals and Composite Score document.

What are DIBELS?

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 assessments are:

individually administered

Why Use DIBELS Next?

The purposes of DIBELS are:

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

The advantages of DIBELS are:

  • 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.

Data Management and Reporting

A data management and reporting system provides schools with automated reports designed to help teachers and administrators make instructional decisions based on their students' performance. Several data management options are available.

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DIBELS Next Training From DMG

Our high-quality training options now include support for individuals or organizations that need training on DIBELS Next. Our DIBELS Next workshop options are available to support individuals that are transitioning to DIBELS Next or are new to using DIBELS. Our DIBELS Next training may be
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For more information, read about Training and Professional Development from DMG.

DIBELS Mentors

DIBELS Next Mentors receive access to the official DIBELS Next training materials from the authors of DIBELS. You can become a Mentor by attending a DIBELS Next Essential or Transition Workshop, a Data Interpretation Workshop, and a Mentoring Workshop presented by DMG trainers.

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The experimental version of Word Use Fluency-Revised is now available to research partners.
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Braille student materials are now available for DIBELS Next benchmark assessments. Contact us at info@dibels.org for pricing and ordering information.

DIBELS Next Resources

DIBELS Next Information Sheet
For details about DIBELS Next, the current version of the DIBELS assessment.


Getting Started With DIBELS Brochure
A printer-friendly overview of how to get started with DIBELS.


DIBELS Next Benchmark Goals and Composite Score
Detailed information about the DIBELS Next benchmark goals and Composite Score.


Grouping Worksheets for DIBELS Next
These worksheets use DIBELS Next results to provide initial grouping suggestions which the teacher must further revise based on other information about students' skills.


DIBELS Next Progress Monitoring Guidelines
Guidelines on how to use DIBELS Next for progress monitoring, including how to identify students and select materials for monitoring.


Common Core Alignment
How DIBELS Next Aligns with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts


Common Core Alignment Webinar
DIBELS Next and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.


Common Core Alignment White Paper
DIBELS Next Alignment with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts


DIBELS Next Scoring Practice Training Videos
Improve your accuracy and gain confidence in your assessment results with our free Video Scoring Practice worksheets for DIBELS Next.


DIBELS Next National Norms 2012-2013
National norms for the DIBELS Next measures for kindergarten through sixth grade.


Transitioning to DIBELS Next
DIBELS Next has retained the best of DIBELS, but has been updated to increase ease of use and accuracy of results.