Acadience® offers universal benchmark screening assessments and progress-monitoring solutions for reading preK–8 and math K–6. Acadience provides educators with assessment tools to support data-driven instructional decisions, monitor the effectiveness of instruction, and improve student outcomes.
Data are used to make instructional decisions based on student need
Educators are empowered to make data-based decisions consistent with the Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework
Data is used to target instruction and improve student outcomes
Powerful Assessment Authored by Renowned Researchers
For more than 25 years, Dr. Roland Good III, and Dr. Ruth Kaminski* have committed their
careers to creating assessments and tools that help educators improve outcomes for
students and schools. The Acadience suite is a culmination of ongoing research and
development with consistent and renowned researchers.
*Drs. Good and Kaminski are not associated with any new measures under the DIBELS name,
such as DIBELS 8th Edition.
Roland H. Good III, Ph.D., is co-author of Acadience® Reading (also published under the name DIBELS Next®), as well as earlier versions of the DIBELS® assessment. He earned his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in School Psychology and served two years as a school psychologist. For the past 25 years, Dr. Good has led the program of Research and Development culminating in the Acadience Reading measures. Dr. Good has provided professional development about the use of these measures to educators and administrators throughout the United States. He has served on editorial boards for School Psychology Review, School Psychology Quarterly, and the Journal of Special Education, and has presented more than 100 papers at national conferences. In 2005, Penn State awarded Dr. Good its Excellence in Education award, in recognition of his contributions to the field of education.
Dr. Ruth Kaminski, is co-author of Acadience® Reading (previously published as DIBELS Next®) and the co-founder of Acadience Learning. Dr. Kaminski is also the lead author of the early childhood literacy assessment, Acadience®Reading Pre-K: PELI®. Dr. Kaminski’s academic background includes degrees in speech pathology, early childhood special education, and school psychology. She has conducted research on assessment and preventative interventions for preschool and early elementary age children for the past 30 years. Dr. Kaminski has extensive experience consulting with Head Start agencies and public schools throughout the United States and abroad. In addition, Dr. Kaminski brings more than a decade of experience as a classroom teacher and speech/language clinician with preschool-age children.
Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Ph.D., NCSP, is Chief Science Officer at Acadience Learning. She is the lead author on Acadience®RAN, Acadience®Reading Survey, and Acadience®Reading Diagnostic assessments. Dr. Powell-Smith, a nationally certified school psychologist, obtained her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Oregon. She has served as an Associate Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida, a faculty associate of the Florida Center for Reading Research, and consultant with the Eastern Regional Reading First Technical Assistance Center. In addition, she has served on several editorial boards. Dr. Powell-Smith has provided training in formative assessment and academic interventions in 22 states and Canada and conducted more than 260 national, state, and regional workshops and presentations.
Mary Abbott, Ph.D., is co-author of both Acadience®Reading 7–8 with Dr. Roland Good and Preschool Early Literacy Indicators (PELI) with Dr. Ruth Kaminski. Dr. Abbott received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (KU) in 2000 and became KU research scientist at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project which is an internationally known research facility. Her research experiences at KU included Co-Principal Investigator and Principal Investigator on six different literacy-instruction-related research projects. Dr. Abbott is well published in peer-referred journals and has conducted more than 120 literacy instruction trainings for educators with teaching responsibilities ranging from preschool through adult literacy. In addition, Dr. Abbott has created numerous curricula and research assessment tools.
Courtney Wheeler, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota and formerly worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Acadience Learning. Since obtaining her doctorate from the University of Oregon in School Psychology, she has been drawn to conducting research that has practical implications for individual children and the larger system they are a part of. She has more than 15 years' experience in measurement development, technical assistance, professional development, program management, research design conceptualization, data collection, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Dr. Wheeler is the lead author of the Acadience®Math assessment. She states, “Through using data and evaluation, we can advance educational equity and ensure all children have equal access to high-quality education.”
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