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ERIC Number: EJ942833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1098-1608
Early Classification of Reading Performance in Children Identified or At Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: A Discriminant Analysis Using the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
Gonzalez, Jorge E.; Vannest, Kimberly J.; Reid, Robert
Journal of At-Risk Issues, v14 n1 p33-40 2008
This study evaluated the ability of the kindergarten and first grade Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), measures of early literacy development, to discriminate among low average, average, and above average students considered at risk emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) on the Total Reading cluster of the Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-Revised (WRMT-R). The DIBELS consisted of two measures of phonological awareness, one measure of alphabet knowledge, one measure of the alphabetic principle, and one measure of oral reading fluency with connected text. Results indicated that first grade DIBELS differentiated among reading groups and classification accuracy was statistically better than chance. With the exception of alphabet knowledge, DIBELS did not significantly differentiate among the fall kindergarten groups. Oral reading fluency and alphabet knowledge had the greatest discriminating power for first graders. These findings extended the usefulness of the first grade DIBELS to populations other than general education students. Implications for the use and application of DIBELS to non-general education populations are discussed along with caveats for kindergarten discriminant power of the DIBELS. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS); Woodcock Reading Mastery Test