The Benchmark Report displays the most recent assessment a student has taken. The report makes it easy to compare how students in a class are doing, relative to one another, and to general student populations by providing rankings on several metrics and scales. The Benchmark Report can be used to determine whole group, small group, and individual next steps.

If you're interested in training or self-paced learning resources for the Benchmark Report, try our slide deck presentation or video (10 min).

Accessing the Benchmark Report

  1. Click Reports in the upper right section of the screen

  2. Select the Benchmark Report from the Reports screen

Note: If your class has multiple grades, Amira defaults to Grade 1 national benchmarks the first time you log in. Change the value in the Benchmarks field to match the grade of students you are viewing. Amira remembers the last grade you chose when you next log in. Learn how to change the view below.

Learning from the Benchmark Report

Select the metrics and scales that help you best understand your students' reading performance or see which students are in need of help in a given dimension of reading ability. Students are ranked highest to lowest on each metric.

How is a student doing compared to grade level (or other typical development benchmarks)?

Select ORF or Vocabulary Size and benchmark against your class's grade level. This allows you to view students' oral reading fluency compared both to one another and to national norms.

  • The PR (percentile rank) cut-points identify if students have reached the 25th, 50th or 75th percentiles.

  • A student above 50% is on track.

  • If a student is below 50%, the student is tracking behind the normal growth of students nationally.

What is my student's overall reading ability?

Amira's AREA score provides a more holistic metric of a student's ability, accounting for dimensions beyond ORF. Most students do about as well on the ORF and AREA metrics. But, when a student is strong in one and weak in another, it may signal that a student needs to develop foundational reading skills to be a more fluent reader.

For example, some students are careful readers, who focus on accuracy and comprehension, but may not have developed strong sight recognition and decoding skills. Other students have common words in memory but are not as concerned with accuracy. They may read quickly and loosely. These reading behaviors can be highlighted by significantly different rankings on ORF vs AREA outcomes, and guide the way to helping these students improve.

Which students are in need of help in a given dimension of reading ability?

By using different metrics, you can quickly view how students perform on different reading dimensions.

Which reading level is appropriate for my students?

The Guided Reading Level column provides appropriate instructional reading levels based on a concordance to the child's most recent performance on the ORF task from an assessment. For more information about how the level is determined, see our Metrics article.

Changing the Metrics and Scales

The descriptions below briefly explain the metrics and scales that underpin Amira's assessments. For more detailed information about the metrics that Amira uses to assess students, see Metrics.

Printing the Benchmark Report

  1. Right click or open the browser's print option.

  2. Adjust system print options as needed.

  3. Click Print.

Save the Benchmark Report as a PDF

  1. Right click or open the browser's print option.

  2. Select PDF in the printer or destination field.

  3. Click Save.

  4. Adjust PDF options, like layout, as needed.

  5. Choose a location where you want the PDF to be saved.

  6. Click Save again.

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