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DIBELS 6th Edition Benchmark Goals

Three Assessment Periods Per Year

Four Assessment Periods Per Year*

Download a PDF version of the benchmark goals for grades K - 6 for THREE assessment periods per year. Download a PDF version of the benchmark goals for grades K - 6 for FOUR assessment periods per year.
*NOTE for Four Assessment Periods Per Year: Beginning and end of year goals and status are based on the DIBELS goals and status for assessing three times per year. Middle 1 and Middle 2 are estimated goals and status based on a linear, curvilinear, or rational analysis of progress over the course of the year using the beginning, middle, and end of year status from the 3-assessment-times-per-year DIBELS goals as anchor points.

Kindergarten: Three Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Months 1 - 3
Middle of Year
Months 4 - 6
End of Year
Months 7 - 10
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
ISF 0 - 3
4 - 7
8 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 9
10 - 24
25 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
Not administered during
this assessment period.
LNF 0 - 1
2 - 7
8 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 14
15 - 26
27 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 28
29 - 39
40 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
PSF Not administered during
this assessment period.
0 - 6
7 - 17
18 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 9
10 - 34
35 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
NWF
(NWF-CLS Score)
Not administered during
this assessment period.
0 - 4
5 - 12
13 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 14
15 - 24
25 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
WUF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Tentatively, students in the lowest 20 percent of a school district using local norms should be considered at risk for poor language and reading outcomes, and those between the 20th percentile and 40th percentile should be considered at some risk.

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First Grade: Three Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Months 1 - 3
Middle of Year
Months 4 - 6
End of Year
Months 7 - 10
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
LNF 0 - 24
25 - 36
37 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
Not administered during
this assessment period.
Not administered during
this assessment period.
PSF 0 - 9
10 - 34
35 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
0 - 9
10 - 34
35 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
0 - 9
10 - 34
35 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
NWF-CLS 0 - 12
13 - 23
24 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 29
30 - 49
50 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
0 - 29
30 - 49
50 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
ORF Not administered during
this assessment period.
0 - 7
8 - 19
20 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 19
20 - 39
40 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF Not administered during
this assessment period.
BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.
WUF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Tentatively, students in the lowest 20 percent of a school district using local norms should be considered at risk for poor language and reading outcomes, and those between the 20th percentile and 40th percentile should be considered at some risk.

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Second Grade: Three Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Months 1 - 3
Middle of Year
Months 4 - 6
End of Year
Months 7 - 10
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
NWF-CLS 0 - 29
30 - 49
50 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
Not administered during
this assessment period.
Not administered during
this assessment period.
ORF 0 - 25
26 - 43
44 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 51
52 - 67
68 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 69
70 - 89
90 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.
WUF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Tentatively, students in the lowest 20 percent of a school district using local norms should be considered at risk for poor language and reading outcomes, and those between the 20th percentile and 40th percentile should be considered at some risk.

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Third Grade: Three Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Months 1 - 3
Middle of Year
Months 4 - 6
End of Year
Months 7 - 10
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
ORF 0 - 52
53 - 76
77 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 66
67 - 91
92 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 79
80 - 109
110 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.
WUF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Tentatively, students in the lowest 20 percent of a school district using local norms should be considered at risk for poor language and reading outcomes, and those between the 20th percentile and 40th percentile should be considered at some risk.

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Fourth Grade: Three Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Months 1 - 3
Middle of Year
Months 4 - 6
End of Year
Months 7 - 10
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
ORF 0 - 70
71 - 92
93 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 82
83 - 104
105 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 95
96 - 117
118 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.

NOTE: Benchmark goals for grades 4 - 6 are estimated, and may be subject to revision based on future research.

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Fifth Grade: Three Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Months 1 - 3
Middle of Year
Months 4 - 6
End of Year
Months 7 - 10
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
ORF 0 - 80
81 - 103
104 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 93
94 - 114
115 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 102
103 - 123
124 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.

NOTE: Benchmark goals for grades 4 - 6 are estimated, and may be subject to revision based on future research.

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Sixth Grade: Three Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Months 1 - 3
Middle of Year
Months 4 - 6
End of Year
Months 7 - 10
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
ORF 0 - 82
83 - 108
109 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 98
99 - 119
120 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 103
104 - 124
125 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.

NOTE: Benchmark goals for grades 4 - 6 are estimated, and may be subject to revision based on future research.

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Kindergarten: Four Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Weeks 3 - 6
Middle 1 of Year
Weeks 12 - 15
Middle 2 of Year
Weeks 22 - 24
End of Year
Weeks 32 - 34
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
ISF 0 - 3
4 - 7
8 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 7
8 - 18
19 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 11
12 - 24
25 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
Not administered during
this assessment period.
LNF 0 - 1
2 - 7
8 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 10
11 - 20
21 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 18
19 - 30
31 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 28
29 - 39
40 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
PSF Not administered during
this assessment period.
0 - 5
6 - 11
12 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 7
8 - 22
23 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 9
10 - 34
35 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
NWF
(NWF-CLS Score)
Not administered during
this assessment period.
0 - 1
2 - 8
9 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 7
8 - 15
16 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 14
15 - 24
25 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
WUF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Tentatively, students in the lowest 20 percent of a school district using local norms should be considered at risk for poor language and reading outcomes, and those between the 20th percentile and 40th percentile should be considered at some risk.

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First Grade: Four Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Weeks 3 - 6
Middle 1 of Year
Weeks 12 - 15
Middle 2 of Year
Weeks 22 - 24
End of Year
Weeks 32 - 34
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
LNF 0 - 24
25 - 36
37 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
Not administered during
this assessment period.
Not administered during
this assessment period.
Not administered during
this assessment period.
PSF 0 - 9
10 - 34
35 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
0 - 9
10 - 34
35 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
0 - 9
10 - 34
35 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
0 - 10
10 - 34
35 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
NWF
(NWF-CLS Score)
0 - 12
13 - 23
24 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 23
24 - 40
41 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 29
30 - 49
50 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
0 - 29
30 - 49
50 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
ORF Not administered during
this assessment period.
0 - 3
4 - 12
13 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 10
11 - 24
25 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 19
20 - 39
40 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF Not administered during
this assessment period.
BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.
WUF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Tentatively, students in the lowest 20 percent of a school district using local norms should be considered at risk for poor language and reading outcomes, and those between the 20th percentile and 40th percentile should be considered at some risk.

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Second Grade: Four Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Weeks 3 - 6
Middle 1 of Year
Weeks 12 - 15
Middle 2 of Year
Weeks 22 - 24
End of Year
Weeks 32 - 34
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
NWF-CLS
(NWF-CLS Score)
0 - 29
30 - 50
50 and above
Deficit
Emerging
Established
Not administered during
this assessment period.
Not administered during
this assessment period.
Not administered during
this assessment period.
ORF 0 - 25
26 - 43
44 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 43
44 - 59
60 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 56
57 - 73
74 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 69
70 - 89
90 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.
WUF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Tentatively, students in the lowest 20 percent of a school district using local norms should be considered at risk for poor language and reading outcomes, and those between the 20th percentile and 40th percentile should be considered at some risk.

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Third Grade: Four Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Weeks 3 - 6
Middle 1 of Year
Weeks 12 - 15
Middle 2 of Year
Weeks 22 - 24
End of Year
Weeks 32 - 34
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
ORF 0 - 52
53 - 76
77 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 61
62 - 87
88 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 69
70 - 97
98 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 79
80 - 109
110 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.
WUF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Tentatively, students in the lowest 20 percent of a school district using local norms should be considered at risk for poor language and reading outcomes, and those between the 20th percentile and 40th percentile should be considered at some risk.

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Fourth Grade: Four Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Weeks 3 - 6
Middle 1 of Year
Weeks 12 - 15
Middle 2 of Year
Weeks 22 - 24
End of Year
Weeks 32 - 34
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
ORF 0 - 70
71 - 92
93 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 78
79 - 100
101 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 86
87 - 108
109 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 95
96 - 117
118 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.

NOTE: Benchmark goals for grades 4 - 6 are estimated, and may be subject to revision based on future research.

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Fifth Grade: Four Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Weeks 3 - 6
Middle 1 of Year
Weeks 12 - 15
Middle 2 of Year
Weeks 22 - 24
End of Year
Weeks 32 - 34
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
ORF 0 - 80
81 - 103
104 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 89
90 - 110
111 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 95
96 - 116
117 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 102
103 - 123
124 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.

NOTE: Benchmark goals for grades 4 - 6 are estimated, and may be subject to revision based on future research.

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Sixth Grade: Four Assessment Periods Per Year

DIBELS Measure Beginning of Year
Weeks 3 - 6
Middle 1 of Year
Weeks 12 - 15
Middle 2 of Year
Weeks 22 - 24
End of Year
Weeks 32 - 34
Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status Scores Status
ORF 0 - 82
83 - 108
109 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 94
95 - 116
117 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 100
101 - 121
122 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
0 - 103
104 - 124
125 and above
At Risk
Some Risk
Low Risk
RTF BENCHMARK GOALS FOR THIS MEASURE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Preliminary evidence indicates that for students to be on track with comprehension they should meet both of the following criteria: 1) meet the Oral Reading Fluency benchmark goal and 2) have a retell score of at least 25% of their Oral Reading Fluency score.

NOTE: Benchmark goals for grades 4 - 6 are estimated, and may be subject to revision based on future research.

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