Brigance – Special Education – CIBS


Easily assess students' strengths and needs in the classroom. Based on 30 years of research and experience in special education, the BRIGANCE® Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills (CIBS) II is a comprehensive assessment tool that meets common learning goals and standards, and is nationally normed on a wide-ranging, representative U.S. sample.

  • Determine PLOP/PLAAFP
  • Assess for effective diagnosis and instructional planning
  • Develop goals and objectives for IEPs and monitor progress
  • Support alternate assessment needs
  • Available in norm-referenced and Standardised versions

BRIGANCE CIBS-II meets the needs of today's special education teachers and administrators by:

  • Measuring academic achievement
  • Monitoring student strengths and needs to set educational goals
  • Supporting IEP writing

Detailed Overview

CIBS-II is a comprehensive collection of valid, reliable and well-researched reading, English and maths assessments for students with special needs in years F–9. It consists of two content-specific volumes: CIBS-II Reading/English and CIBS-II Mathematics – that offer a complete range of information on students' academic skill levels, as demonstrated under real-life, everyday conditions.

The CIBS-II is designed to meet the requirements of programs serving students with special needs. The curriculum-based assessments and year-level placement tests in the CIBS-II allow teachers to accurately pinpoint a student's present level of achievement. Teachers can then identify a sequence of objectives for planning level-appropriate instruction, for writing IEPs and for individualising ongoing assessment and progress monitoring.

CIBS-II Reading/English includes reading and writing assessments for years F–9 as well as Year-Level Placement tests for years 1–9. The assessments in the Readiness section can be used to determine foundation year (prep, reception etc.) or first-year readiness and to measure progress throughout the first critical years. The Inventory's key skill areas correlate to commonly tested skills and strategies that reflect common teaching.

The year levels expressed throughout the CIBS-II Inventory are drawn directly from original BRIGANCE research rather than a specific curriculum. In the Reading section, they correspond to Flesch-Kincaid readability levels, the Fry technique and the Dale Index, while those in the Mathematics section are based on original BRIGANCE research. A new addition to the Australian version, Appendix C, includes information on how these assessments can correlate with the new Australian curriculum. Teachers' own curriculum guidelines should take precedence and determine at which point they administer each assessment.

The nearly 400 criterion-referenced assessments in the CIBS-II make it easy to identify present level of performance for students and provide ongoing assessment for academic skills at pre-school to year 9 levels.


  • Readiness
  • Speech
  • Listening to vocabulary and comprehension
  • Word recognition
  • Oral reading
  • Reading vocabulary and comprehension
  • Word analysis
  • Functional word recognition
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Response to writing prompts


  • Number and operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data analysis and probability