The mCLASS:DIBELS Next page displays a directory of featured reports built from your students' mCLASS:DIBELS Next assessment data.


If you are unfamiliar with the DIBELS Next assessment and its scoring, please read the information in the rest of this help topic.



Clicking a measure name takes you to a description of the measure, including a breakdown of risk levels for each grade and time of year the measure is assessed.



Reports also include assessment data for Progress Monitoring probes.


Composite Scores

The DIBELS Composite Score is a combination of multiple DIBELS scores and provides the best overall estimate of the student’s early literacy skills and/or reading proficiency. mCLASS:DIBELS Next calculates the DIBELS Composite Score for you. In DIBELS 6th Edition, the Instructional Recommendations provided the best overall estimate of the student’s early literacy skills and/or reading proficiency. The DIBELS Next Composite Score and the benchmark goals and cut points for risk based on the composite score replace the Instructional Recommendations on DIBELS 6th Edition.


Benchmark goals and cut points for risk for the DIBELS Composite Score are based on the same logic and procedures as the individual DIBELS measures; however, since the DIBELS Composite Score provides the best overall estimate of a student’s skills, the DIBELS Composite Score should generally be interpreted first. If a student is at or above the benchmark goal on the DIBELS Composite Score, the odds are in the student’s favor of reaching later important reading outcomes. Some students who score at or above the DIBELS Composite Score benchmark goal may still need additional support in one of the basic early literacy skills, as indicated by a below-benchmark score on an individual DIBELS Next measure (FSF, PSF, NWF, DORF, or Daze), especially for students whose composite score is close to the benchmark goal.


Because the scores used to calculate the DIBELS Composite Score vary by grade and time of year, it is important to note that the composite score generally cannot be used to directly measure growth over time or to compare results across grades or times of year. However, because the logic and procedures used to establish benchmark goals are consistent across grades and times of year, the percentage of students at or above benchmark can be compared, even though the mean scores are not comparable.



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DIBELS Next® was developed by Dynamic Measurement Group, Inc.