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The Truth About DIBELS

What It Is - What It Does

By Ken Goodman
Foreword by P David Pearson

Find out why teachers, administrators, and reading researchers nationwide are emphatically resisting the insidious influence of DIBELS. In The Truth About DIBELS you’ll find out how DIBELS hurts students and teachers and why impairs learning and teaching.

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    DIBELS is the worst thing to happen to the teaching of reading since the development of flash cards.
    —P. David Pearson

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is wildly popular up and down the local and state education hierarchies. It’s easy, quick, and an approved Reading First assessment tool. So what’s not to like?

Everything.

In The Truth About DIBELS you’ll find out why teachers, administrators, and reading researchers nationwide are emphatically resisting the insidious influence of DIBELS. Well-known education writers—including P. David Pearson, Robert Tierney, Sandra Wilde, and Maryann Manning—tell you how DIBELS hurts students and teachers and why impairs learning and teaching. They present chapters that:

  • dispel the science and methodology that "support" DIBELS
  • critique the validity of the information that DIBELS spits out
  • demonstrate how DIBELS warps instructional planning to fit its limited measurements—and to fit the political ends of its creators and supporters
  • expose the fiction behind its supposedly miraculous success rates

If DIBELS is creeping into your classroom, school, district, or state—or if it’s already taken over—read The Truth About DIBELS. Then use its accompanying CD, loaded with a complete anti-DIBELS PowerPoint presentation, to show colleagues, policy makers, or parents that when it comes to reading assessment, DIBELS just doesn’t work.

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Contents

Foreword by P. David Pearson
Prologue: DIBELS: One Family’s Journey, Lisa Laser
A Critical Review of DIBELS, Ken Goodman
What’s "Normal" About Real Reading?, Alan Flurkey
Is DIBELS Leading Us Down the Wrong Path?, Robert J. Tierney and Catherine Thome
How DIBELS Failed Alabama: A Research Report, Susan Seay
But Isn’t DIBELS Scientifically Based?, Sandra Wilde
DIBELS: Not Justifiable, Maryann Manning, Constance Kamii, and Tsuguhiko Kato
Appendix: A Brief Summary of Each Sub-Test in DIBELS
Notes on Contributors
References

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