STAR Early Literacy/Reading vs. DIBELS

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Payne PEERS Group:
Project ALIGN
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Sandra Gordon
Joan Boterf
Michelle Berry
Connie Caldwell
STAR Early Literacy/Reading
vs. DIBELS
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What are STAR Early Literacy and
STAR Reading?
Pros and Cons of STAR Early Literacy
and STAR Reading
What is DIBELS?
Pros and Cons of DIBELS
STAR Early Literacy and
STAR Reading
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STAR Early Literacy is
the computerized,
criterion-referenced test
that allows you to
quickly and accurately
assess students’ early
literacy skills. It
provides information
needed to tailor
instruction to meet the
needs of your students.
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STAR Reading is a
computerized, normand criterion-referenced
test designed to
complement
Accelerated Reader
software. It can be
taken in about 10
minutes. The computer
generates test results
seconds after the
student completes the
test.
Pros to STAR Early Literacy
and STAR Reading
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Assesses early literacy skills in about ten
minutes
Minimizes student frustration by adjusting the
difficulty level of each question
Provides audio instructions so students can
test by themselves
Can be given repeatedly throughout the year
Seven Domains Assessed
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General Readiness
Phonemic Awareness
Phonics
Graphophonemic Knowledge
Structural Analysis
Vocabulary
Reading and Listening Comprehension
Types of Information
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Diagnostic Reports
Parent Letters
Class Summary
Class Graph
Team Favorites
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Can be used to get AR reading level
and set goals school-wide
Useful in IAT meetings
Ease of use (“user friendly”)
Already paid for and implemented at our
school
Cons to STAR Early Literacy
and STAR Reading
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Not preventative in terms “catching”
students who may be falling through the
cracks.
Timed - for a variety of reasons (affects
concentration, slower readers, etc.) may
not always reflect an accurate reading
level
DIBELS
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Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy
Skills
A screening tool that allows schools to make
data-based decisions about the needs of their
students and the adequacy of their core
curriculum in meeting those needs and the
ability to select students who need additional
instructional support to attain benchmark
goals on time.
Pros to DIBELS
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Supports the BIG IDEAS mapped out by
the National Reading Panel:
Phonemic Awareness
Alphabetic Principle
Accuracy and Fluency with Connected
Text
Comprehension
Vocabulary/Language
Pros continued
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Administered by a team 3 times a year (little
loss of instruction time for teachers and
students)
Takes about 5 minutes per student
Access to a variety of data (charts and graphs
that make connections across classrooms,
schools or districts)
Useful in the IAT process
Designed to catch students BEFORE they fail
Six Skills Assessed
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Initial Sound Fluency
Phoneme Segmentation Fluency
Nonsense Word Fluency
DIBELS Oral Reading Fluency
Retell Fluency
Word Use Fluency
Cons to DIBELS
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One more form of testing to add to the mix
Not all staff are familiar with DIBELS
Not certain if we will be able to continue if we
start due to financial concerns (cost of
booklets, use of substitutes, fee for graphs,
etc.)
Does take some teacher time to enter scores

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