Teachers can set "Early Reader," Unassign an Assessment, and set student for Bilingual Testing/Practice
Beginning in 2022, teachers will have the ability to do several things that only the Amira support team can do. Teachers can now:
Set status to "Early Reader" -- this can be done even without an assessment. This keeps students who cannot read from having to take the assessment at all! (See green arrow in second screenshot)
Unassign a student assessment -- If you need a student to be in practice mode without taking the assessment, or the student was accidentally assigned, now you can unassign them (See the red arrow in the second screenshot)
Set students for Bilingual mode -- Amira can assess and do practice with students in practice. This helps teachers control students access to the bilingual program. (See blue arrow in the second screenshot)
All of these settings are found in the Tracking Report. Click on the "3 dots" next to the student's name.
Then, select (or deselect) the option that you are seeking for that student. Changes will be automatically done, and they should take effect immediately for the student.
Please note that for large Bilingual implementations, the school (or district) will be submitting all students to us to bulk "labeling" as Bilingual. The feature above is best used to move small numbers of students in or out of that mode.
DOMO Dashboard now in www.amiratutor (For Leaders)
DOMO is a great tool! But, we have heard that it is hard to remember all of the logins! So now they are all housed in the same place. Visit www.amiratutor.com with your Amira Admin Login, and you will see the dashboard tile that will take you to DOMO directly!
Amira en Español: K-5 Practice
Live and ready to go! Amira Practice is available to students learning how to read in Spanish. Amira will provide leveled passages in Spanish accompanied by micro-interventions in Spanish. As in the English Practice mode of Amira, teachers can listen to students read and view running records that accompany each story a student reads in Spanish. This feature accompanies the purchase of a Suite or Practice license, and students who are identified by the district as needing access to both English and Spanish will have this option (see picture below).
Spanish Data showing up in DOMO for leaders
Leaders have access to Data in the DOMO dashboard. Here you can view tons of information about student usage and performance. Now all districts that are using the Spanish products can toggle or aggregate their English and Spanish data with the filter shown below:
Amira en Español: K-5 Assessment
Amira will now assess early literacy skills and screen for dyslexia risk in Spanish. Amira delivers a Spanish language equivalent of the English reading Benchmark and Dyslexia Screener assessment.
Based on the proven, reliable, and valid Tejas Lee assessment, Amira will deliver a range of reports and analytics. Districts have the option of assessing designated students in the Spanish language, and teachers can access both English and Spanish assessments in the reports portal.
- Oral Reading Fluency (ORF)
- Decoding Skills (NWF)
- Dyslexia Risk (RAN & Other Indicators)
In-app Configuration for Administrators
Live in the Admin portal of www.amiratutor.com
Using your Amira admin account, users can log into the admin portal at www.amiratutor.com and see the new tile for the configuration dashboard:
Click on "Configuration Settings"
Now you can view all the components for your district for the current testing window. Then use the form at the top or email email@example.com to request a change!
Skills Scaffold for “Early Readers”
Amira provides an Early Reader Skills Scaffold progression that begins with letter sounds so that any student can work on reading skills from basic to more complex sound-symbol correspondence.
The new Early Reader Skills Scaffold allows all K-5 students to work with Amira from day 1 of the school year! After completing an assessment, Amira will recognize the student as an "Early Reader," then place the student into the Early Reader Skills Scaffold.
The sequence focuses on one sound at a time and starts with reading with Amira, moves to a word list with pictures, and finally reading to Amira, all the while receiving Amira's feedback and "micro-interventions" along the way. Refer to this video which models an Early Reader Skills Scaffold.
After successful completion of the Early Reader Skills Scaffold, students will enter into traditional Practice, reading connected text that begins at approximately a Guided Reading Level B.
Images in Stories
Images now appear for many K-1 stories and all tasks within the new Early Reader Skills Scaffold.
4th and 5th Grade
Amira is now available for 4th and 5th grade students! Students have access to high-interest content at a variety of levels, spanning as high as a Guided Reading level V. Now all students K-5 can be assessed for dyslexia risk as well as early literacy skills, and engage in productive reading practice with guidance.
Assessment reporting for 4th and 5th grades will include a dyslexia risk report, data on students' Oral Reading Fluency in WCPM, accuracy, and Reading Mastery (AREA score). Reach out to your Amira representative to see some of the content, or let your HMH account executive know that you are ready to add grades 4-5.
❗ NOTE: For the 2021-2022 school year, we are gathering grades 4-5 assessment norms.
The Amira Dyslexia Screener can now be configured to include comprehension questions. The questions follow a cloze (fill in the blank) format and relate to the passage the student read. Currently, the Practice/Tutor mode automatically includes comprehension questions after many of the passages in Practice/Tutor mode.
If a student is down-leveled during an assessment, comprehension questions will be presented for the last story read. Amira will read the question and answers choices as well as re-read the selected answer before the student clicks/taps the Next button. Watch a first grade Oral Reading Fluency passage with comprehension questions here.
The comprehension question scores will impact the Dyslexia Risk Indicator (DRI) score on the Dyslexia Report and the Guided Reading Level (as well as concorded DRA and Lexiles) displayed on the Benchmark Report.
To include this optional portion of the assessment/screener, the Amira district administrator needs to complete the Configuration Survey. The comprehension question option is configurable at the district level and grade level. Ensure that the current screening window as well as the optional comprehension question configurations have been selected when completing the survey.
Amira Learning University
You’ll find all the resources you need to configure and use Amira by visiting and completing courses within Amira Learning University, for free! Be sure to check back regularly for new resources and events!
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