DIBELS Information (Kindergarten)
Kindergarten children are given 4 subtests. Each subtest has a different benchmark number. Please keep in mind that DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. Benchmark is the minimum score they must attain to be on grade level. Every child should be scoring well above the minimum score.

Initial Sound Fluency: For this test the students are timed on how long it takes them to identify the picture that begins with a specific sound. The benchmark is 25 in winter. This test will not be given again in the spring.

Letter Naming Fluency: Students are given a page of random letters. They have one minute to name as many letters as they can. The benchmark for winter is 27. The benchmark in the spring is 40.

Phoneme Segmentation Fluency: The test administrator reads a word aloud to the student. For example “Tell me the sounds you hear in box.” The student responds “/b/-/o/-/x/”. The administrator continues giving the student words for one minute. The student is scored on the number of correct sounds. The benchmark for winter is 18. The benchmark for spring is 35.

Nonsense Word Fluency: The students are given a page of nonsense words. Such as: lif, sep, hob….. The students are given one minute to read as many words as they can. The students are scored on how many sounds they get correct. The benchmark for winter is 13. The benchmark for spring is 25.

Evon McCurley