Archived News & Announcements

2017 DDS Research Partnership Opportunities

January, 2017

Grades 1-2

CTL researchers are currently evaluating the impact of an innovative, online curriculum for students in grades 1-2 that includes more than 7,000 engaging puzzles, games, books, and other learning activities.

By participating, you will receive ongoing support to implement these materials with your students for at least 60 minutes per week through the end of the school year. Learn more and sign up or email ddsresearch@uoregon.edu

Grades 3-5

CTL researchers have also developed an innovative reading comprehension assessment, the Multiple-choice Online Causal Comprehension Assessment (MOCCA). MOCCA is a web-based assessment that identifies why students comprehend text poorly and provides instructionally relevant results that help teachers determine the comprehension needs of their students.

We are recruiting nationally for students in grade 3-5 to take our measure once during early Spring 2017. Learn more and sign up or email mocca@uoregon.edu


Participate in a Study Developing a New Diagnostic Reading Comprehension Assessment

November, 2016

CTL researchers are developing an innovative reading comprehension assessment called the Multiple-choice Online Causal Comprehension Assessment (MOCCA).

MOCCA is a web-based assessment that identifies why students comprehend text poorly and provides instructionally relevant results that help teachers determine the comprehension needs of their students. Learn more by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9bQBXiOmgs.

We are looking to recruit nationally for Grade 3-5 students to take our measure once during January-March 2017. Interested district or school leaders and teachers can communicate their interest by completing a brief survey at: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8IfgQlQtRoKupyB

More questions? Contact us via email (mocca@uoregon.edu) or phone our Project Coordinator Cindy Sprague (541-346-8362).


Efficiently create student groups to teach specific skills.

October, 2016

The Instructional Grouping Report provides a strategy for education professionals to sort their students based on a pattern of performance on two or more DIBELS assessments.

Instructional groupings should be thought of as initial recommendations and the report is responsive, allowing teachers to move students between groups based on additional information and classroom resources. View a sample report.

Instructional Grouping Worksheets are also available for those who prefer to manually create groupings.


Communicate with parents about student goals and progress.

October, 2016

We added a Parent Report to DDS to facilitate communication with parents about their student's goals and progress.

The Parent Report includes all benchmark assessment scores across all measures in both literacy and math for a single year. Individual student goals set using the Zones of Growth feature are also included.

The Parent Report is available in both English and Spanish. View a sample report.


Setting and evaluating learning goals for each student can be challenging.

October, 2016

The DIBELS Data System Zones of Growth feature provides educators with an easy, empirically based way to set individualized student literacy goals and evaluate students' progress towards those goals.

Zones of Growth combines students' baseline performance on key DIBELS measures with normative data regarding average and above-average growth for students with similar initial skill level to help teachers set ambitious, yet realistic learning goals for students.

Learn More.


Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

July, 2016

Great new products and programs this year. Including:

easyCBM Reading & Math

  • K-6 online assessment including reading comprehension
  • Benchmark and Progress Monitoring
  • Students are automatically enabled for benchmark assessment
  • Only $3 per student per year

Moving Up! Literacy & Mathematics

  • Purchase as preprinted or PDF downloads from the CTL Marketplace.
  • Spanish versions are also available

Coming Soon

  • Expanded HiFi Reading tablet scoring for DIBELS 6th Edition
  • HiFi Reading tablet scoring for easyCBM
  • Moving Up! Implementation Coach iOS App
  • Promoting Algebra Readiness middle school math program

If you have any questions, contact us at: support@dibels.uoregon.edu or 888-497-4290.

We're here to support you!


New DDS Reports for Goal Setting and Instructional Planning

May, 2016

The Center on Teaching and Learning is working with researchers at the Florida Center for Reading Research to develop reports that help teachers and administrators set goals and plan instruction.

Thank you for your feedback. It will be used to help us revise and refine the new reports.


Early Adopter Special Offer!

March, 2016

We're offering every district that renews or signs-up for DIBELS Data System service by May 16th free professional training courses for DIBELS Next and DIBELS 6th Edition.

Act Now! Free Training.

Looking for an innovative reading comprehension assessment?

November, 2015

Wouldn’t it be great if reading comprehension tests could tell you why a student who decodes just fine is not comprehending well? That’s what MOCCA is all about!

  • The Multiple-choice Online Causal Comprehension Assessment (MOCCA) is a diagnostic measure of reading comprehension for Grades 3-5. MOCCA distinguishes between readers with good and poor comprehension. MOCCA also tells you what readers with poor comprehension are doing when they’re not comprehending well. Readers with poor comprehension tend to over-rely either on paraphrasing or making connections when reading. By distinguishing these two groups, MOCCA enables teachers to target instruction to student needs.
  • CTL researchers are still developing MOCCA and are looking for Grade 3-5 Classrooms to participate in its development!
  • Interested in participating? Want to know what participation involves? Learn more or email/call the MOCCA Project Coordinator, Cindy Sprague (csprague@uoregon.edu; 541-346-8362)

Math programs available in Spanish

September, 2015

Our Moving Up! Mathematics™ programs translated and adapted for instruction in Spanish.

Spanish Product English Product
Aprendizaje Temprano de las Matemáticas Early Learning in Mathematics
Fundamentos de los Números Enteros: Nivel K Whole Number Foundations Level K
Fundamentos de los Números Enteros: Nivel 1 Whole Number Foundations Level 1

Check out our ¡Avanzando! Matemáticas™ products to learn more.

If you have any questions, contact us at: support@dibels.uoregon.edu or 888-497-4290.

We're here to support you!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

July, 2015

Exciting ways to get more out of your account:

  • New easyCBM math options include progress monitoring
  • Use Zones of Growth to set individualized student reading goals using growth percentiles
  • Explore new reports for communicating student progress
  • Use HiFi Reading free with your account
  • IDEL integrates with your account; no separate account required
  • Instructional Grouping Report helps efficiently group students
  • Add on NumberShire, an internet-based educational game with a focus on whole-number concepts and skills for students in kindergarten through second grade.

Coming Soon:

  • Parent report in English and Spanish
  • Spanish versions of our Marketplace curriculum
  • easyCBM Reading
  • easyCBM CCSS Math & Reading for grades 7 and 8

If you have any questions, contact us at: support@dibels.uoregon.edu or 888-497-4290.

We're here to support you!


CTL Adds easyCBM Math Benchmark and Progress Monitoring Options!

June, 2015

We are excited to announce that DIBELS Data System (DDS) services are expanding to include the full array of the easyCBM Math and Reading measures. This expansion extends our longstanding collaboration with our easyCBM colleagues here at University of Oregon.
 
This fall, you can add easyCBM CCSS Math measures to your DDS account. This includes both benchmark and progress monitoring for mathematics and creates a comprehensive literacy and mathematics screening system when used with DIBELS.

The choice is yours:
 
$1 DDS Standard
 
$2 easyCBM CCSS Math
 
$3 Both

We will continue to expand services throughout the school year to support 7th and 8th grades, and easyCBM CCSS Math customers will receive early access to easyCBM Reading measures.

We look forward to the many ways in which our ongoing partnership with our easyCBM colleagues will help us meet the needs of educators across the country.

If you have any questions, contact us at: support@dibels.uoregon.edu or 888-497-4290.

We're here to support you!


Get a head start on the 2015-2016 school year!

March, 2015

Reliably administered assessments are an important part of assuring student success. That's why we're offering every district that renews or signs-up for 2015-2016 Data System Service by May 15th free online training courses for DIBELS Next and DIBELS 6th Edition. New customer accounts will automatically include training when you sign-up by May 15th. Existing customers can easily renew at http://dibels.uoregon.edu/product/dds/training-offer

In addition to the free training, 2015-2016 Data System Service will include HiFi Reading, our tablet app for assessments. HiFi Reading will be included with the $1 per student Data System fee at no additional charge.

We're looking forward to another year together, helping millions of students and teachers with efficient assessments. Act now to take advantage of the 2015-2016 free training offer!

If you have any questions, contact us at: 888-497-4290 or support@dibels.uoregon.edu.
We're here to support you!


Visit with Us at Upcoming Education Conferences!

February, 2015

The Center on Teaching & Learning will be presenting at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Convention in Florida this February and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo in California this April.

We would like to invite you to our exhibit space showcasing the DIBELS Data System and our new Marketplace curriculum and intervention programs. CTL researchers and intervention authors will also be in attendance and presenting.

We have new updates to share with our DDS and Marketplace partners at the conference. Please let us know who's attending from your team so we can meet up!

Contact us at: 888-497-4290 or support@dibels.uoregon.edu


Free NumberShire™ licenses for the first 100 districts to activate their account!

November, 2014

NumberShire is an immersive, internet-based integrated learning system with an intensive focus on whole number concepts and skills for students in kindergarten through second grade. NumberShire Level 1 is now available, including approximately 12 hours of game play aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Research findings support the efficacy of NumberShire Level 1 in first grade classrooms for increasing math learning.

CTL and Thought Cycle are teaming up to provide 35 free NumberShire student licenses to each of the first 100 districts to activate NumberShire by December 16th. Activate and Claim your Free Licenses Now.


New Math Program, Math Intervention Game, and Tablet-Based DIBELS

October, 2014

The CTL Marketplace is pleased to announce new products for educators to help students.

Early Learning in Mathematics™ is a whole-class, Tier 1 mathematics curriculum designed to ensure that kindergarten students develop a deep understanding of critical mathematics concepts and skills. The program offers 120 lessons that recent research has shown to accelerate students' conceptual understanding and procedural fluency of kindergarten mathematics.

NumberShire™ is an immersive, internet-based integrated learning system with an intensive focus on whole number concepts and skills for students in kindergarten through second grade. NumberShire Level 1 is now available, including approximately 12 hours of game play aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Research findings support the efficacy of NumberShire Level 1 in first grade classrooms for increasing math learning.

HiFi Reading™, a tablet-based app for DIBELS 6th Edition.

Visit the CTL Marketplace to learn more!


Online DIBELS Training Courses!

August, 2014

The Center on Teaching & Learning Professional Development Courseware is please to offer high quality online training courses for DIBELS Next and DIBELS 6th Edition. Courses were developed at the University of Oregon, the official home of DIBELS, and include:

  • The theoretical rationale for DIBELS
  • Detailed description of administration and scoring procedures
  • Video-based practice opportunities
  • A description about how to collect and enter reliable data

Courses are taken at your own pace with a 60-day access period and include a certificate of completion. DIBELS Data System customers receive $30 off regular price. Order Now!


University of Oregon DIBELS 6th Edition Better Than Ever!

June, 2014

CTL is committed to continuing support for DIBELS 6th Edition and has made some exciting new enhancements for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Updated DIBELS 6th Edition Goals were reviewed by the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI). ORF and NWF received the highest ratings possible for accuracy and reliability. The new goals will be publicly released on the DIBELS Data System this July.
  • New word-level, touch-screen, tablet-based administration and scoring for DIBELS 6th Edition Oral Reading Fluency with the HiFi Reading app developed in partnership with HopSkip Technologies. HiFi Reading integrates with your DIBELS Data System account to roster students, upload data, and view assessment status and progress.
  • Online training for DIBELS 6th Edition will be available when CTL launches our new Professional Development Courseware service this summer.

Stay tuned for release dates throughout the summer!


CTL Professional Development Courseware

May 19, 2014 (updated June 1, 2014)

Free Trial Period Has Ended! We are evaluating the results of the courseware. Courses will be available for purchase soon.

Our DIBELS administration and scoring courses were created by experienced trainers and researchers at CTL. The designers drew upon years of field experience working with teachers and other educators.

Each course provides 8 hours of training, including an introduction module on the research foundations of the DIBELS assessments, detailed instructions on each subtest, and opportunities to practice administration and scoring.

Learn more about the Courseware on the Training page.


Instructional Grouping Worksheets for DIBELS Next Recommended Goals

May, 2014

Our Instructional Grouping Worksheets help teachers quickly create groups for targeted instruction to address student needs and achieve better outcomes.

The Instructional Grouping Worksheets provide a strategy for teachers and other education professionals to sort their students based on a pattern of performance on two or more DIBELS Next assessments.

These initial suggested groupings fall in line with other UO recommendations regarding the use of DIBELS Next; that is, they provide a concrete way to differentiate instruction based on assessment results.

The Instructional Grouping Worksheets can be downloaded from the Recommended Goals page.


Updated Security on DDS

April 10, 2014

We are requiring all DDS users to change their passwords as an additional security precaution in response to the recently discovered Internet security vulnerability known as Heartbleed. We understand this may be an inconvenience, but protection of your confidential data is our top priority. You may have already heard on the national news of this vulnerability affecting the majority of Web servers, including major providers such as Google and Yahoo. The DIBELS Data System programming team was alerted to this issue on April 7th and fixed the problem within 24 hours on both the DIBELS Data System and DDS-easyCBM Math assessment system. As far as we can determine, no data in the DDS have been compromised or breached. However, if you have reason to believe that there are issues with the security of your DDS data, please let us know ASAP.


NCII Ratings for CTL Marketplace Products

April 2014

The NCII at American Institutes for Research (AIR) encourages schools and districts to use data-based, individualized instruction in reading, math, and behavior, especially with students who struggle academically. To support the use of research-based programs, the NCII conducts a review of the technical quality and rigor of studies investigating the effectiveness of submitted programs. Specifically, the NCII evaluates the research about programs, not the programs’ instructional design. The reviews include summary information about the program, and ratings on the quality of five research components: participants, research design, fidelity of implementation, targeted outcome measures, and broader outcome measures. Each of these components receives a rating of “convincing evidence,” “partially convincing evidence,” “unconvincing evidence,” or “data unavailable.” CTL Marketplace products received many “convincing evidence” ratings.

Studies about the following CTL Marketplace programs were reviewed by NCII:

Across studies of the four programs, a total of 20 components were evaluated (e.g., five research components per program). Seventeen of the twenty components were rated as having “convincing evidence,” two were rated as having “partially convincing evidence,” and one was rated as “data unavailable”.

Please visit the NCII website for more information about the technical review process and results. Visit the CTL Marketplace for more information on CTL Marketplace products.


NEW Math Intervention Programs for Kindergarten and First Grade!

Febuary 2014

Achievement gaps in the early academic years have a significant impact on long-term achievement. Whole Number Foundations Level K and Whole Number Foundations Level 1 are Tier 2 interventions designed to address challenges that many at-risk kindergarten and first-grade students face in developing mathematics concepts and skills. Carefully sequenced, structured lessons are delivered in small groups, increasing students’ confidence and success. Rigorous research results from IES-funded studies of both programs show positive impacts on student achievement.

Whole Number Foundations Level K features 50 twenty-minute lessons that provide students with a thorough understanding of whole numbers through 20.

Whole Number Foundations Level 1 features 60 thirty-minute lessons that are built to target four essential learning strands: Place value, number combinations, multi-digit operations of addition and subtraction, and problem solving.

Studies of the research versions of the programs (i.e., ROOTS and FUSION) have been reviewed by the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII). We are very pleased that nearly all aspects of these studies received “convincing evidence” ratings.

To place an order or for more information, please visit Whole Number Foundations Level K and Whole Number Foundations Level 1.


NEW Reading Intervention Program

November 2013

Enhanced Core Reading Instruction is a multi-tiered program featuring a series of teaching routines designed to increase the effectiveness of reading instruction in kindergarten, first and second grade. The routines, detailed in professional development books, are used to enhance the instruction associated with ANY core reading program. Enhanced Core Reading Instruction also offers materials that may be used with specific core reading programs including Journeys Common Core 2014, Journeys 2011, Reading Street Common Core 2013, and Reading Street 2011. These materials are for both Tier 1 enhancement and Tier 2 intervention.

Unlike many Tier 2 intervention programs, the Enhanced Core Reading Instruction materials are highly aligned with the core reading program. The Tier 2 intervention pre-teaches the content of the core reading program to increase students' success and confidence during Tier 1 instruction. Developed by researchers at the Center on Teaching and Learning, Enhanced Core Reading Instruction has been rigorously studied in nearly 50 elementary schools with hundreds of classrooms, and thousands of students. High-quality studies have demonstrated substantive improvements in the reading achievement of at-risk first-grades.

To place an order or for more information, please visit Enhanced Core Reading Instruction.


CTL Marketplace

September 2013

The CTL Marketplace has been created to bring you reliable products based on the most rigorous research available in education. These products are designed for K-6 and focus on multi-tiered mathematics and literacy instruction and assessment.

Visit our new Marketplace for a preview of upcoming products and to sign up to receive email updates when new products are released.


DIBELS Measures not Designed for Evaluation of Teachers or Principals

May 2013

The DIBELS measures were designed and validated as assessment tools for universal screening and progress monitoring. Recently, some for-profit companies have begun promoting the use of the DIBELS measures to evaluate teachers and principals.

Our position is that this approach represents an inappropriate use of DIBELS and undermines the basis on which these types of measures were developed. There is no rigorous research supporting the use of these measures in this way.

Although, we agree that the education field needs better measures and methods to improve accountability and teacher evaluation procedures, we are concerned that companies are using DIBELS in ways that are potentially reckless and not based on the available science.

Read the complete Position Statement that explains our findings and those of other agencies supporting this position.


Make the Most of Your Data with DIBELS Data System Reports

May 2013

Based on user feedback, including recommendations from our most recent customer satisfaction survey, we have improved the DDS Reports page with features that help in selecting reports, including a new "Report Favorites" tool. In our latest webinar you can learn about these updates and get an overview of the Summary of Effectiveness Report to determine student growth.

A recorded version of the webinar is available for viewing.

For more information, email us at support@dibels.uoregon.edu


Recommended Benchmark Goals: Reliable Screening for More Accurate Results!

December 2012

UO CTL researchers have applied rigorous research methods to a nationally representative sample resulting in new recommendations for DIBELS Next benchmark goals. The new and improved goals more accurately identify students who need additional support to become proficient readers. We are the #1 public university for conducting rigorous education research. You can trust our research!

For more information see the DIBELS Next Recommended Goals Page.


Online Math Assessment with Reports linked to the Common Core State Standards

July 2012

The DIBELS Data System will continue to offer the online easyCBM Math benchmark assessment during the 2012-13 school year. You'll notice some exciting changes to the assessment and administration, and to our reporting features. We think you will find these changes beneficial to the screening process and in linking the results to instructional decisions.

Please consult our easyCBM Math Update document for more information.


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