DIBELS Data System Description

Introduction to the Data System

The DIBELS Data System is a web-based database that schools and districts can use to enter student performance results and create reports based on scores from:

  • DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) 6th edition
  • IDEL (Indicadores Dinámicos del Éxito en la Lectura) for native Spanish speakers
  • DIBELS Next
  • DIBELS Progress Monitoring
  • DIBELS Zones of Growth Student Goals
  • easyCBM Math
  • one local or state outcome measure

The Data System tracks and measures progress at the student, class, school, and district-level. Reports can be created immediately after scores are entered, providing immediate feedback and allowing for timely decision making. The DIBELS Data System is operated by the Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of Oregon and has been serving schools across the U.S. and internationally since 2001. The Data System has been used in over 15,000 schools.

The DIBELS measures were specifically designed to assess the five early literacy components: Phonological Awareness, Alphabetic Principle, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Fluency with Connected Text. The DIBELS measures link together to form an assessment system of early literacy development that allows educators to readily and reliably determine student progress. School personnel can utilize the DIBELS Data System reports to make instructional decisions about children's reading performance. The use of the DIBELS Data System allows customers to derive the maximum benefit from the DIBELS measures.

Features of the DIBELS Data System

The DIBELS Data System allows school personnel to enter and monitor student performance on the DIBELS 6th edition, DIBELS Next, and easyCBM Math measures across years for grades K-6, and the IDEL measures for native Spanish-speaking students for grades K-3. In the future, the system will expand to accommodate additional assessments and instructional information.


  • Accounts are organized by district. One person is designated to serve as the district coordinator. The district coordinator enters participating schools and can assign a school coordinator to manage each building.
  • Academic calendar and assessment schedules are entered at the district level.
  • Classnames, student records, and assessment scores can be managed in a variety of ways at the district, school, or class level. The set-up is flexible to best suit the needs of each district based upon their resources and staffing structure.
  • Student records are organized by primary classroom. Students can also be assigned to a "secondary class", which is usually a reading or instructional group, and to a "math" class.
  • There are four levels of account access (District, School, Class, and Project) that can be assigned to users as appropriate. Each level of access is designed to give different types of users access to needed student data, while protecting the confidentiality of student information. For example, a class-level user can only access student data for the classes to which they are specifically assigned.
  • Class, school, and district users can optionally be marked as "read-only" allowing a user to view data and reports, but not access data entry or administrative functions. Project accounts are always read-only.
  • The district has the ability to enable optional features such as the ability to enter outcome and progress monitoring data, and store demographic information.
  • Import tools are available to quickly upload classroom and student records from another database or student management system and reduce manual entry time.

Data Entry

  • Enter DIBELS, DIBELS Next, and IDEL benchmark assessment scores.
  • Enter DIBELS Zones of Growth student goals.
  • easyCBM Math assessment scores will be automatically entered in the Data System as the student takes the assessment online.
  • Track individual student record information including ID numbers, birthdates, and test scores across years.
  • Enter demographic student information such as gender, race/ethnicity, special education status, Title I, and services provided.
  • Enter scores from your state's reading outcome test and see how they correlate to student scores on DIBELS.

Progress Monitoring

  • Most DIBELS and IDEL measures have additional progress monitoring materials, which allow schools to regularly monitor student progress.
  • Users can enter progress monitoring data weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
  • Progress monitoring data entry includes an area to store instructional notes and add corresponding phase lines to graphs to track student response to instruction and intervention.


  • Generate automated reports based on your DIBELS benchmark scores immediately after your data is entered.
  • Reports are available at the student, class, school, district, and project level.
  • Benchmark reports include: histograms (distribution of scores), district norms, box plots (percentiles over time), individual student profiles, class list reports (student name, scores, percentiles, and instructional status), and scatter plots.
  • Create individual progress monitoring graphs to see how students are responding to additional instruction and intervention.
  • Most reports are available in web format and as PDF files.

Data Exports

  • Users can generate and export data sets for archival purposes and/or running additional analyses.
  • Data sets come in tab-delimited text format, which can be imported into most spreadsheet and database programs.

Large Scale Data Analysis

  • The benefits of the DIBELS Data System rest with the utility of the DIBELS measures benchmark scores and local and national norms that are established through an meta-analysis of the DIBELS data in the system.
  • Analysis of data across a large number of schools and students allows the DIBELS Data System programmers and staff to establish and validate benchmark scores that are predictive of student reading performance in subsequent years.
  • The sheer number of DIBELS Data System clients across the country is such that the available data provides a robust database for ongoing analysis and determination of relevant and useful benchmarks.
  • This data analysis capability means that an individual school can use the reports and analyses that are generated with a much higher level of statistical confidence than they would have if they analyzed the data themselves.

Content and Resources

  • The DIBELS Data System provides users with valuable content and resources, available as both Web pages and PDF files that can be downloaded and printed.
  • The Data System includes descriptions of the DIBELS, IDEL, and easyCBM Math measures, administration and scoring rules and tips, benchmark goals, assessment timelines, frequently asked questions, and strategies for collecting data.
  • In addition, the DIBELS Data System is the only provider of the Schoolwide Model, a professional development framework of integrated components that is designed to help schools build the capacity, communication, and commitment to ensure that all children are readers by grade 3.

Expert Development Team

  • The DIBELS Data System was developed and is maintained by content experts at the University of Oregon's Center on Teaching and Learning.
  • Our expert content team works with Data System programmers and staff to develop and implement features, functions, and content that bridge the gap from research to practice and bring the most scientifically validated methods and strategies available to our users.

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Sign Up for an Account

Accounts are organized by district. If your district has an account, contact your district coordinator. The district coordinator can add your school to the account and give you a username and password. If you are unsure if your district has an account or who your district coordinator is, send an email requesting that information to: support@dibels.uoregon.edu.

If your district doesn't have an account yet, the person who will act as the district coordinator will need to fill-out and submit our sign-up form and a copy of our Billing Agreement. Both are available on our website at: http://dibels.uoregon.edu/registration/

The district coordinator will be emailed a username and password.

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The DIBELS Data System is a fee-based service. View the DDS pricing information. Billing is directed to the district and to the address given on the Billing Agreement. Invoices can be sent separately to each school if requested by the district, and large-scale implementations can request that bills be sent directly to the unit implementing the project (e.g., regional educational agencies, university research projects, state departments of education).

DIBELS Data System fees are used to support further research and development of the system.

Service for IDEL accounts is currently free. We also offer free professional development accounts for instructors who wish to use the DIBELS Data System as a teaching tool in their courses. Please include "IDEL" or "Professional Development" on your sign-up form to let us know how to activate your account.

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