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ERIC Number: ED554771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 153
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3030-5451-8
The Efficacy of the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills for Predicting Performance on the Pennsylvania System of State Assessment
Olejniczak, Rebecca
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, Widener University, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology
Poor early literacy skills can impact a child significantly, limiting school achievement and success throughout the life span. Difficulties are also associated with numerous social problems. Students exhibiting prereading skill deficits often fall even further behind their classmates in later elementary years (Cusumanzo, 2007; Deno, 1989; Goffreda, Diperna, & Pedersen, 2009; Hoffman, Jenkins, & Dunlap, 2009). The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 mandated statewide accountability for achieving adequate yearly progress in reading (No Child Left Behind Act; 2001). As a result, schools across the country are using progress monitoring tools and more frequently measuring students' progress in reading to ensure they are on target for achieving yearly reading goals. The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) (Kaminski & Good, 1996) is one popular assessment tool, used to identify and frequently monitor students having difficulties with skills determined to be important for acquiring reading. With the use of progress monitoring tools, such as DIBELS, schools should be able to identify the needs of all children and customize instruction to individual students, particularly those determined to be struggling with reading. This could lead to improved reading skills and, ultimately, higher statewide achievement test scores. This study examined the relationship between school districts in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, that do or do not use DIBELS and their results on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), a standardized statewide assessment of reading and mathematics. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)