Acadience Reading K-6

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Acadience Reading K-6

Acadience® Reading is the new name of the DIBELS Next® literacy assessment. It is the same assessment you know and trust, authored by researchers Dr. Roland Good and Dr. Ruth Kaminski. In an expanded partnership to deliver this powerful and effective K–6 assessment tool, Voyager Sopris Learning® continues to serve as the exclusive U.S. distributor for Acadience Reading K–6.

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Your Students and Schools

The Acadience Reading K–6 (previously published as DIBELS Next®) literacy assessment provides brief, formative indicators of the essential skills necessary for proficient reading in grades K–6. 

Designed to predict early reading success and identify students experiencing difficulty in the acquisition of foundational literacy skills, Acadience Reading solutions provide early literacy support to prevent later reading difficulties.

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These Acadience Reading Measures......Serve as Indicators of These Basic Early Literacy Skills
First Sound Fluency (FSF)
  • Phonemic Awareness
Phoneme Segmentation Fluency (PSF)
  • Phonemic Awareness
Letter Naming Fluency (LNF)
  • Indicator of Risk
Nonsense Word Fluency (NWF)
  • The Alphabetic Principle and Basic Phonics
Oral Reading Fluency (ORF), including Retell
  • Advanced Phonics and Word Attack Skills
  • Accurate and Fluency Reading of Text
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension

Research-Based Assessment Solutions to Support Literacy

Acadience Reading assessment enables teachers to:

  • Predict early reading success
  • Predict state test performance
  • Identify students needing intervention, including those with dyslexia
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions
  • Select instructional interventions and group students
  • Prepare instruction to support students in reaching rigorous state standards
  • Provide universal screening, progress monitoring, and diagnostic assessments
  • Use a web-based, data-management system with online scoring

Empower Your Literacy Educators with Acadience Reading Tools

  • Progress monitoring for struggling students
  • Online test administration
  • Increased flexibility with time-saving technology
  • Simplified test administration and scoring
  • Data management at student/parent, teacher, school, and district levels
  • Real-time tools to support teachers
  • Flexible implementation options


Students and Teachers benefit

Dyslexia Screening and the Use of Acadience Reading

Acadience Reading provides one of the best methods of identifying students who are at risk for early reading difficulties, including dyslexia, monitoring those students to determine whether they remain at risk, and identifying students who are not making adequate progress and should be referred for further assessment.

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Progress Monitoring and Goal Setting

WEBINAR: Improving Reading Outcomes Through Goal Setting and Progress Monitoring

A student who begins the year at the cut point and does not make progress is unlikely to achieve subsequent grade level outcomes without additional support. With that in mind, every educator will want to view this useful and timely presentation by the co-author of Acadience Reading (DIBELS Next). Dr. Good outlines and explores strategies and resources to help educators improve reading outcomes using efficient monitoring and reasonable goal setting.

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What Happened to DIBELS Next

WEBINAR: What Happened to DIBELS Next?

An informative discussion about DIBELS Next acquiring the new name, Acadience Reading K–6. Learn why it changed, hear what is new, and walk through the new online scoring platform.

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Roland Good, Ph.D.

Dr. Roland Good

Ruth Kaminski, Ph.D.

Dr. Ruth Kaminski

Powerful and Practical Assessment by Renowned Researchers

For more than 25 years, Dr. Roland Good and Dr. Ruth Kaminski* have committed their careers to creating assessments and tools that help educators improve outcomes for students and schools. Acadience® Learning is a culmination of ongoing research and development with consistent researchers.

**Drs. Good and Kaminski are not associated with any new measures under the DIBELS name, such as DIBELS 8th Edition. The product known as DIBELS 6th Edition is no longer available from Acadience Learning or Voyager Sopris Learning.

Address reading challenges and prepare students for academic success

Quickly Find the Meaning in Data

Acadience® Data Management (ADM) is a reporting system that gives educators the data they need to make informed instructional decisions at all levels. This online system allows you to aggregate the data and easily interpret meaning through its clear and accurate reports.

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Acadience Data Management