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Literacy First Research Base Alignment with Reading First

The Literacy First Comprehensive Reading Reform Process is a professional development and change process. The Literacy First Comprehensive Reading Reform Process meets and exceeds all the criteria for professional development and implementation of reading programs established by No Child Left Behind/Reading First.

The effectiveness of reading instruction is determined by the percentage of students reading on grade level. Most states and districts use a norm referenced or criterion referenced assessment to make this determination. For students to perform on or above grade level in these reading assessments they must have systematic and explicit instruction in all components of the reading process. The effectiveness of the systematic and explicit reading instruction is dependent upon the district and building infrastructure that includes the seven critical components of: leadership, assessment, curriculum, instruction, intervention processes, professional development and resource management. In addition to the infrastructure, the leadership must foster a district and building culture that has traditions, rituals, habits and unwritten rules that support excellence in student reading achievement.

Literacy First is a comprehensive reading reform process. Our goal is to close the reading achievement gap and ensure that all students become fluent readers who comprehend grade level text.

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The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short fluency measures used to monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills. The results are commonly used to evaluate individual student development as well as provide grade-level feedback toward validated instructional objectives.

What follows is a comparison of the Literacy First product features to the features of DIBELS. Please take the opportunity to download this document to see the complete comparison.