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Acadience Reading

Previously published under the name DIBELS Next®

The same assessment you know and trust from the authors of DIBELS® 6th edition and DIBELS Next® is coming together with our entire family of assessments and educational tools under a new name: Acadience

Acadience Reading is an assessment used to measure the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade.

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The DIBELS Next® Assessment is Now Acadience Reading!

Acadience Reading is the new name for the DIBELS Next assessment by the original authors of DIBELS. You can continue to use the same assessment tools you know and Acadience Learning will continue to provide measures, training, data management, and customer support that you have come to know and trust.

While we have a new name, our goal remains the same: to help you to improve academic success for your students and schools.

For more than 25 years, the original authors of DIBELS have researched and developed assessments and tools that help educators improve outcomes for students and schools. The family of assessments brought to you by Acadience Learning include screening and diagnostic reading assessments for grades K – 6 (DIBELS Next, DIBELS Survey, DIBELS Deep), early literacy assessment for preschool (PELI), content area reading for grades 7-9 (CARI), and math assessment for grades K-6 (DIBELS Math). Our new name, Acadience, brings all of our assessments into one comprehensive suite of educational tools.

Acadience Reading Benchmark Goals

Benchmark goals are target scores that represent adequate reading skill for a particular grade and time of year. A benchmark goal indicates a level of skill at which students are likely to achieve future reading outcomes.

The Acadience Reading benchmark goals were released in 2010 and have not changed. In 2016, a new 'Above Benchmark' goal was added to provide a higher target for which typical- and high-achieving students and schools can aim.

For details, see the Acadience Reading Benchmark Goals and Composite Score document.

What is Acadience Reading?

Acadience Reading is a universal screening and progress monitoring assessment that measures the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. The assessment is comprised of six brief measures that function as indicators of the essential skills that every child must master to become a proficient reader. These measures are used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy skills in order to provide timely instructional support and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

By design, the Acadience Reading measures are brief, powerful indicators of foundational early literacy skills that:

  • are quick and efficient to administer and score;
  • serve as universal screening (or benchmark assessment) and progress monitoring measures;
  • identify students in need of intervention support;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of interventions; and
  • support the RtI/Multi-tiered model.

Why Use Acadience Reading?

Acadience Reading provides reliable and valid universal screening to identify students who may be at risk for reading difficulties. These measures also help identify the skills to target for instructional support. Acadience Reading also provides progress monitoring measures for at-risk students while they receive additional, targeted instruction to close achievement gaps. Finally, these measures assist educators in examining the effectiveness of school-wide literacy supports.

The advantages of Acadience Reading are that it:

  • directly measures foundational early literacy skills that are responsive to instruction;
  • is standardized;
  • is thoroughly researched, reliable, and valid;
  • is designed for use within a problem-solving, outcomes-driven model of decision-making;
  • provides research-based benchmark goals for interpreting results; and
  • is efficient and economical.

Key Features of Acadience Reading include:

  • empirically leveled Oral Reading Fluency passages that have been field-tested with students in school settings;
  • composite score available at each grade and time of year capturing reading for meaning, at an adequate rate, with a high degree of accuracy;
  • user-friendly format with clear, concise directions and scoring rules;
  • arrangement of items to increase reliability of scores; and
  • checklists of common response patterns to facilitate targeted instruction.

Data Management and Reporting

A data management and reporting system provides schools with automated reports designed to help teachers and administrators make instructional decisions based on their students' performance. Several data management options are available.

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Training From Acadience Learning

Our high-quality training options now include support for individuals or organizations that need training on Acadience Reading. Our Acadience Reading workshop options are available to support individuals that are transitioning to Acadience Reading or are new to Acadience. Our Acadience Reading training may be accessed through:

For more information, read about Training and Professional Development from Acadience Learning.

Acadience Mentors

Acadience Reading Mentors receive access to the official Acadience Reading training materials from the authors. You can become a Mentor by attending an Acadience Reading Essential Workshop, a Data Interpretation Workshop, and a Mentoring Workshop presented by Acadience Learning trainers.

Word Use Fluency

The experimental version of Word Use Fluency-Revised is now available to research partners.
For more information, visit the Word Use Fluency-Revised page.


Braille student materials are now available for Acadience Reading benchmark assessments. Contact us at for pricing and ordering information.

Acadience Reading Resources

Acadience Reading Information Sheet
For details about the Acadience Reading assessment.


Acadience Reading Benchmark Goals and Composite Score
Detailed information about the Acadience Reading benchmark goals and Composite Score.


Grouping Worksheets for Acadience Reading
These worksheets use Acadience Reading results to provide initial grouping suggestions which the teacher must further revise based on other information about students' skills.


Acadience Reading Progress Monitoring Guidelines
Guidelines on how to use Acadience Reading for progress monitoring, including how to identify students and select materials for monitoring.


Common Core Alignment
How Acadience Reading aligns with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts


Acadience Reading Scoring Practice Training Videos
Improve your accuracy and gain confidence in your assessment results with our free Video Scoring Practice worksheets for Acadience Reading.


Acadience Reading National Norms 2014-2015
National norms for the Acadience Reading measures for kindergarten through sixth grade.


Acadience Reading Technical Adequacy Brief
Design information, reliability, and validity data for Acadience Reading.


Technical Adequacy Supplement for Acadience Reading
Oral Reading Fluency