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postheadericon DIBELS- Getting ready for RTI


As the new year is getting in full swing,  I am already thinking about which students are going to need additional support, perhaps motivation, and who may need practice, practice, and more practice! 

In order to prepare my students for the upcoming DIBELS, I decided to prepare a binder with everything I would need in one place. I had an extra binder at home, so I decided to put it to good use!  

I made this cover for this year's binder. I love the cute owls!

DIBELS data binder cover


First, I printed the DIBELS Next Recommended Benchmark Goals sheet from the DIBELS Website

I often need this sheet to refer back to during meetings, especilly when I meet with parents and most often when we have team data meetings. This information is important as to what the goal currently is, as well as where does the student need to be for the next progress monitoring? 

This information will go right in the front of my binder, so that I can quickly refer to the information, when I need it. 

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Next, I printed these sheets and wrote in all the students names. During the course of the year, I write in their scores. This helps me to see who is and who is not making progress throughout the year.

I look at the data I have collected to gauge the progress or lack thereof for each student.


I look at the following things throughout the year:

1. How much progress has that child made since the last DIBELS? Is it a sufficient amount of progress? If not, what can I do to help that student make progress? What curriculum should I use to help that student be where they should be at this point in the school year? 

2. As the year goes, I can gauge the progress over a few weeks, a month, or even a trimester. I use this information for meetings and for informal communciation with parents throughout the year. 

3. At the end of the school year, I can look to see progress from September to June. 


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dibels nonsense words-correct letter sounds

dibels nonsense words copy

dibels-passage words copy


In order to see progress, you need resources to help students within the classroom setting. Here's how I put together my binder. 


Letter Naming Fluency:

In first grade, we begin with rapid letter naming fluency. So, I printed a packet of extra practice sheets and put that in my binder as the first subject. 


You can download this for FREE from Teachers Pay Teachers. 




For the second part of the binder,  I needed lots and lots of nonsense word practice sheets. This helps me to work with students on phoneme segmentation, letter sounds, blending, and reading whole words. You can do so much with these sheets. 


You can download this for FREE at Teachers Pay Teachers







The last part of my binder, is for DIBELS DATA. Each time our Title One Teacher gives us data on the DIBELS, I will be keeping it in the section. 


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