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Early Literacy Assessment Tool

Early Literacy Assessment Tool


Amplify is proud to partner with CDE and CO districts to continue providing the Early Literacy Assessment Tool on our platform. Schools that choose to participate in ELAT on our platform receive the following tools and supports:

  • mCLASS:DIBELS Next: CDE approved interim assessment
  • mCLASS:IDEL: CDE approved interim assessment in Spanish
  • mCLASS:DIBELS Deep: CDE approved diagnostic measure
  • Valuable instructional supports for teachers: Student- and class-level reporting, instruction tab: quick links to specific and targeted activities that correspond to identified student skill gaps, easy grouping tool to form small groups based on similar instructional needs
  • Connection to Parents
    • Home Connect letter to provide parents that explains student progress and activities that can be done at home. Letters are available in English and Spanish.
    • Parent website that includes parent friendly explanations of early literacy skills and provides many activities for them to engage with their child. The entire site is available in English and  Spanish.
  • Early literacy skill practice for students through the Boost app
  • Professional development resources
  • Quality customer care M-F 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Not sure where to start accessing mCLASS data?  Check out the new mCLASS Tips and Tricks.

Check out ELAT Newsletters here.

Important Updates

UPDATE: Interim Assessment Name Change

The Dynamic Measurement Group (authors of DIBELS Next) has changed the name of DIBELS Next to Acadience Reading.  It’s important to note that the content of the assessment will remain the same.  Additionally, the current materials, training, and software provided by Amplify through the Early Literacy Assessment Tool (ELAT) Project will all remain current and usable; this is simply a change in the assessment name.  

Starting at Back to School of 2019, you will see the following messaging when you log into, go to the Reporting and Analysis Suite or log into the App:

DIBELS Next is now called Acadience Reading. Acadience Reading  is a registered trademark of DMG, the authors of Acadience Reading HAS CHANGED to as of July 1st

If you have any questions, please contact Amplify’s Help Desk at 800-823-1969.
mCLASS reporting, the mCLASS app, and mCLASS student assessment all have new domains. While old browser bookmarks will continue to work temporarily, we strongly recommend updating them to the new URLs as soon as these changes take effect.


2018-2019 URL

2019-2020 URL

mCLASS reporting

mCLASS app

mCLASS student assessment


mCLASS App Updates
When teachers access the mCLASS app after 7/1 using the old URL (, they will be directed to a page that instructs them to:
1. Sync data (if they haven’t previously)
2. Create a shortcut for the new domain
3. Delete the shortcut for the old domain
Teachers should then conduct assessments from the new URL/shortcut moving forward.

The Dynamic Measurement Group (authors of DIBELS Next) have announced that the name of DIBELS Next has changed to Acadience Reading.  It’s important to note that the content of the assessment will remain the same. Additionally, the current materials, training, and software provided by Amplify through the Early Literacy Assessment Tool (ELAT) Project will all remain current and usable; this is simply a change in the assessment name.

2019-2020 Amplify/ELAT Program Guide

On Demand Professional Development Resources for the beginning of the year:

Office Hours: CDE and Amplify are pleased to introduce another support for ELAT schools.  Office Hours are designed to be short instructional webinars on specific topics.  We invite you to join!  CDE will send an email to all program contacts prior to the event with details on joining.

September 10th, 3:30pm – 4:30pm We will be hosting our first Office Hours for 2019-20! Plan to attend to learn more about the mCLASS Instruction Tab and how to use it within the classroom. In addition, we will discuss who should be setting up groups within mCLASS and how to do it! Please Register

September 24th, 3:30pm – 4:30pm We will be hosting our second Office Hours of 2019-20! During this session we will discuss when and why to use Deep (approved diagnostic) with specific students. In addition, we will be showing you where to locate additional PD resources within mCLASS. Please register

Benchmark Windows

2019-20 Benchmark Windows

Please fill out this form by July 5, 2019 so that your window is set correctly.

BOY – 1st 30/60 days of school
Kindergarten consideration: Through a provision in HB15-1323 you may choose to use up to 60 calendar days for initial benchmarking. However, we would encourage districts to continue with best practice by benchmarking and providing support within the first 30 days. Completion of your READ BOY assessment within the 60 calendar days will inform the literacy component of your readiness assessment.

MOY – Either December 2nd – 20th OR January 6th – 24th
(**Please note your dates need to be prior to the Holiday break OR after the Holiday break.)

EOY – April 27th – May 15th
In March, we will be sending out a registration form for you to set your windows with Amplify.


Regional Session: BOY Data Analysis for Leaders

Regional Session: BOY Data Analysis for Teachers

Regional Session: BOY Instructional Planning and Delivery for Leaders

Regional Session: BOY Instructional Planning and Delivery for Teachers

DIBELS Next and IDEL Resources

DIBELS Next Resources

IDEL Resources

mCLASS:IDEL Training Video – This is a recorded webinar from a live training presented in August 2019.  The audience for this training is teachers administering IDEL to students (and would need to be fluent Spanish speakers)

DIBELS Deep Resources

1. Log in to and click the ‘Notices’ icon.

2. Locate the notice for Colorado DIBELS Deep Training Modules.

Teacher Reports and Student-Level Data

ELAT Virtual Learning: Teacher Reports

Make sure you know how to access the rich data on the teacher facing side of mCLASS. We will review which reports are available, how to navigate through the reports, what data is available after BOY and what questions can be answered through these reports. Segments are short in length and designed with the teacher and interventionist in mind.

  1. Which reports are available to teachers in mCLASS? : 12:00 minutes in length
  2. How to effectively navigate through teacher reports: 9:00 minutes in length
  3. What data is available through teacher reports?: 6:30 minutes in length
  4. What question do the teacher reports answer?: 22:32 minutes in length
  5. Small-Group Advisor: 16:46 minutes in length
  6. Item-Level Advisor: 8:55 minutes in length
  7. Office Hours – Groups and Instruction Tab

Reports for Instructional Leaders

Amplify Instructional Leader Resources

  1. Data Decision Making at BOY, MOY
  2. DIBELS Deep for Instructional Leaders
  3. Progress Monitoring for Instructional Leaders
  4. New to ELAT?

Recorded Webinar: What to Expect for New Leaders

Progress Monitoring

ELAT Progress Monitoring Guidance

  • Students scoring in the Well Below Benchmark Range: every 7-10 days
  • Students scoring in the Below Benchmark Range: every 10-12 days

ELAT Virtual Learning: Progress Monitoring

Effective Progress Monitoring for Teachers

Class objectives include:

  • How to decide what measure to progress monitor beyond what is recommended by the tool
  • How to know if an intervention is working and considerations when changes need to be made
  • How do progress monitoring and DIBELS Deep works together

Module 1: Introduction to Progress Monitoring – 6:55 minutes

Module 2: Case Studies: Owen and Abashani – 18:00 minutes

Module 3: Case Study: Sally – 13:05 minutes

Module 4: Progress Monitoring and DIBELS Deep – 9:04 minutes


Parent Resources

Parent Resource Site – mCLASS Home Connect
Parents can learn more about the literacy skills young readers need to develop and access activities to support their students at home. This site is available in English and Spanish. No login information is necessary to access it. Please share this resource with your parents through your website, newsletters and other communications.

Pathways of Progress

Introduction to Pathways of Progress – a short module to build understanding around the tool Pathways of Progress

Pathways of Progress (a complete course to understand and effectively use this tool) – Join the author of Pathways, Roland Good, Ph.D. for a deep look into this robust goal setting tool.

Module 1 : Introduction to the Foundations of DIBELS Next (21:46)

Module 2 : The Need for Pathways (16:50)

Module 3 : The Logic Behind Pathways of Progress (32:12)

Module 4: Setting Progress Monitoring Goals Using the Pathways of Progress Goal Setting Utility (23:17)

Module 5: Why Pathways of Progress is Based on the DIBELS Composite Score (16:24)

Module 6: Using Pathways of Progress with Students who are Well Below Benchmark (15:16)

Module 7: Why Pathways of Progress Matter (6:07)

Module 8: Reliability of Decisions with Pathways of Progress (14:24)

Module 9: Why Pathways of Progress is a Preferred Alternative to Slope for Estimating Progress (9:04)

Module 10: Using Pathways of Progress to Evaluate Student Progress with the Pathways Classroom Report (10:22)

Module 11: Summary and Conclusion (1:55)

PoP Handout – Slides for All Modules

PoP Handout – Activities for All Modules

Introduction to Pathways of Progress: Sept. 20, 2018

Using Pathways of Progress after Middle of Year: Jan. 10, 2019

Professional Development Opportunities

Through the ELAT (Early Literacy Assessment Tool) Project, CDE and Amplify are providing multiple professional development opportunities across each of the eight regions. Registration is now open, so sign up today as spots are limited!

Click here to download course offerings and available dates.

Click here to register.


Using Pathways of Progress after End of Year: May 7, 2019

Monitoring Pathways of Progress Growth Flowchart
Systems Change Handout