Measuring rates of reading growth associated with gender using Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills

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Ed.S. in School Psychology


Department of Counselor Education & Human Services


Advisor: Sawyer A. Hunley


With the increased emphasis on data collection in schools, educators need efficient, reliable systems for progress monitoring. Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is one such system for basic reading skills. Previous studies demonstrated differences in growth rates between males and females with respect to oral reading fluency. The present study examined if, despite previous researches noted differences in growth rates, fewer data points would give appropriate growth estimates in males and females. Results indicated that growth estimates in weeks 1 and 5 gave a comparable growth estimate to those taken in weeks 1 and 10. This comparison held true for both male and female students. These important results can help school psychologists guide school staffs on how to efficiently gather oral reading fluency progress monitoring data.


Oral reading Ability testing Sex differences, Educational evaluation Sex differences, Reading (Primary) Sex differences, Education; educational psychology; psychology; reading Instruction; school psychology; DIBELS; DIBELS Next; reading; reading growth; progress monitoring; growth rate; rate of growth; third grade; elementary; school

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