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What is MaDYK?

MaDYK is a set of standardized dynamic assessment tools that measure student progress in Hebrew reading in the early grades. The MaDYK measures are short, easy to administer and intended for use as a screening/progress monitoring tool several times per academic year with all students in the grades being tested. To date, measures have been created for first and second grades, with additional measures currently in development for Kindergarten and 3rd grade.

Created by researchers at Yeshiva University, MaDYK is based on DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), a dynamic assessment of English literacy with demonstrated reliability and validity.  Results of pilot research on MaDYK indicate that the measures are reliable and valid. That is, the test has been shown to measure Hebrew reading in a consistent way.

How is MaDYK used in schools?

MaDYK is individually administered to all students in the grade being tested three times per academic year.  MaDYK can be administered and scored in less than 5 minutes per student. Results of MaDYK testing help educators identify students who are at risk or already struggling with Hebrew reading, and can help teachers monitor the progress of students receiving instructional support or interventions. MaDYK is currently being implemented with first and second grade students in 10 schools across the nation.

How can your school become involved in the MaDYK project?

Our goal is to equip schools with the tools to identify students in need of support early on, in an effort to promote Hebrew reading fluency for all students by 3rd grade.  If you are interested in having your school involved in the project, or if you would like to be updated with progress and information, please email your information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

What does the research say?

  • Goldberg, S.J., Weinberger, E.R., Goodman, N.E. & Ross, S. (2010) Development of an earlyHebrew oral reading fluency measure. Journal of Jewish Education, 76, 198-214.
  • Good, R. H., Kaminski, R. A., & Dill, S. (2002). DIBELS Oral Reading Fluency. In R. H. Good & R. H. Kaminski (Eds.), Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (6th ed.). Eugene, OR: Institute for the Development of Educational Achievement.

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