ERIC Number: EJ951350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills: An Effective Tool to Assess Adult Literacy Students?
Binder, Katherine S.; Snyder, Melissa A.; Ardoin, Scott P.; Morris, Robin K.
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v5 n3 p150-160 Fall 2011
This study examined the reliability and validity of administering Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) to adult basic education (ABE) students. Ninety ABE participants were administered DIBELS measures, the Woodcock-Johnson III Broad Reading (WJ III BR) measures, and four orthographic ability tests. Since ABE students are a heterogeneous group with respect to language background, all analyses were performed on the entire sample and then repeated using only native English speakers and again on all non-native English speakers. The measures were found to be reliable for all participant groups. In a regression analysis, a significant portion of the variance in the reading ability of adults on the WJ III BR was explained by the DIBELS and orthographic predictors. Results of this study indicate that DIBELS measures have the potential to be effective tests to measure adult learners' reading achievement; however, additional measures of orthographic knowledge may be required to account for compensatory strategies adults might employ. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Reading Ability, Adult Literacy, Predictor Variables, Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Replication (Evaluation), Measures (Individuals), Item Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Achievement Tests
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 888-442-6223; Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site: http://www.coabe.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)