Every Fall, Winter, and Spring, your child participates in the fluency assessment called DIBELS.DIBELS Next helps teachers and administrators in determining the progress of students as they are learning the necessary skills to become successful readers.In Kindergarten and first grade, teachers and administrators use DIBELS to determine early literacy skills, such as letter-naming and letter-sounding fluency, as well as nonsense-word fluency. In primary and intermediate grades, we use DIBELS to determine a student's correlation between their reading and comprehension levels. Their scores will determine what reading levels they are presently on: Intensive, Strategic, or Benchmark. Students who read accurately and fluently are better able to understand what they read. Below is a link that explains the DIBELS Next benchmark goals and composite scores, and another link that shows every grade level's goals:Ways to Help Your Child Read at Home
1. Have your child read and reread familiar books! Children need practice in reading comfortably and with expression using books they know.
2. Read to your child. Modeling fluency and expression is a great way for your child to hear how fluency and expression should sound.
3. As your child is reading aloud, point out words he/she missed and help them read the word correctly. Have them reread the whole sentence to be sure he understands the meaning.
4. Have your child read menus, newspapers, signs, etc. to practice their fluency! The more exposure and practice, the better!
5. Have your child record themselves reading. They can play it back and reflect on what they need to work on.
6. Talk with your child about what she is reading. Ask about new words and talk about what happened in the story. Use this Questioning Bookmark as a resource AND bookmark!
7. Use the stopwatch to have your child practice their fluency. While timing your child for one minute, have them read an on-level book aloud. Count how many words they read, and repeat 3 or 4 times (within the week) to increase their correct words per minute. They may graph their results on the Fluency Progress Chart to observe the increase. It's not only a great way of tracking fluency, it's also a great motivator to keep reading!