I will try to answer questions concerning the DIBELS Testing.  Reading plays a very important part in your childís education.  Vermilion Parish has Reading First Schools.  Dozier is using books that are Reading First materials. This program works on the components that are in the DIBELS Test.

        Louisiana is using DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) Testing to test the children reading growth.  The teachers testing the children have been trained by the La. Education Dept. to administer this test to the children
      DIBELS testing is used to measure critical skills that underline early reading success. The seven minute assessments predict how well children are likely to be doing in reading comprehension by the end of third grade. The results of grade level indicators are used as a screening instrument to determine needed intervention. The three-step training process involves Administration & Scoring as well as Mentoring Scoring and Intervention.

    The test indicators for first grade are:  letter Naming Fluency, Phoneme Segmentation Fluency, Nonsense word Fluency, Oral Reading Fluency and Retell Fluency, and Word Use Fluency.  Please note each part of the test is timed for 1 minute.  This is why it is so important that you have your child practice oral reading and vocabulary words daily.


        The goal is to identify the studentís reading problem area so intervention can begin early.  Research states that early intervention changes reading outcomes.  Students with low scores will be pulled out of my classroom and will attend Reading Intervention for 30 minutes a day.  The other students that show some problems will stay in the room with me.  I will form a group to work with these students for 30 minutes. I will work on the skills they need extra help on.  The rest of the class will be working in centers.

           DIBELS Testing is administered three times per year (Fall-October, Winter-January, and Spring- May).  If your child shows growth and no longer needs to be pulled out for intervention, then he/she will remain in the classroom with me.  The groups may change during each testing period.  Keep in mind that this test is to locate the reading area your child is having problems in and to provide early intervention. 

          Sites that you may go to are as follows: 




          Reading the results will use the following words:
                At Risk (Students with this score are usually sent to intervention pull out.)
                Some Risk
                Low Risk
                   Students with  some risk will be working with the classroom    
                          teacher on reading skills for 30 minutes.

                Deficit  (Child has not learned skill.)
                Emerging (Progress is starting to be made.)
                Established (Progress has been made.)
                Benchmark  (Skill has been mastered for this testing period.) 

                        DIBELS Report  for First Grade Students


                      Sept.                                    Jan.                                      May

Letter     0-24        At Risk
Naming  25-36     Some Risk          (This part is Not Tested for Jan. and May)
Fluency  37+        Low Risk

Phoneme            0-9   Deficit
Segmentation  10-34   Emerging         (Tested in Jan. and May
Fluency            35+     Established
Nonsense         0-12     At Risk
Word Fluency  13-23  Some Risk        (Tested in Jan. and May)
                          24+    Low Risk
Oral Reading    Not tested in Sept.     0-7    At Risk               0-19  At Risk
  Fluency                                              8-19  Some Risk         20-39 Some Risk
                                                             20+   Low Risk           40+   Low Risk
Retell          Students with scores of 25%-50% may be considered some risk.
Fluency      Students with retell scores of 25% or less may be considered at risk.
Word Use     Student in lowest 20th percentile of a district is at risk.
Fluency        Students  between 20th and 40th perscentile is some risk.
                     Students above 40th percentile is low risk.


      When reading the chart if your child has Benchmarked the goal for that testing period has been Established.

     Low Risk is a better score than At Risk or Some Risk.

    When reading the report look at the score for each testing period.  You should see an improvement from the last time your child was tested.  At the end of the year your child should have reached the parish goal.