Authors: Kelly A. Powell-SmithRuth A. Kaminski, Roland H. Good, III
Grades: K-5

DIBELS Deep Diagnostic—Data Educators Can Use to Make the Best Instructional Decisions

DIBELS® Deep provides the practical bridge between data and instruction. These brief measures are individually administered, untimed diagnostic assessments of critical reading skills for students in grades K–5, and for older learners with very low skills. The precise information from these assessments helps educators make informed decisions and answer questions to better target instruction for struggling readers:

  • What types of support do students need?
  • How should students be grouped?
  • What specific skills should be the focus of instruction?
  • What instructional strategies should be implemented?

These rigorously researched materials are:

DIBELS Deep Assessment
  • Focused on Phonemic Awareness and Word Reading and Decoding
  • Highly rated in terms of usefulness of data and ease of use
  • Aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • Time-efficient (~10 minutes each) and cost-effective
  • Correlated to DIBELS Next , but can be used for students who are not reaching Benchmark on any screener

Webinar Presentations:

Assessment That Addresses the Complexities of Reading Comprehension Presented by Kelly Powell-Smith

DIBELS Deep and DIBELS Survey Presented by Kelly Powell-Smith