This document describes recommendations on how to use Amira’s scores to identify students who are around grade level vs. those who perform below grade level.

Background:

The recommended cut lines are based on:

  • The norms established by Tindal & Hasbrouck in national norming covering several million students in 2017;

  • Amira’s national norms established from assessments conducted during 2019, 2020 and 2021; and

  • Percentile ranking cutlines in wide use by State Departments of Education across the country.

These sources are ideal for general guidance on setting cut scores for Districts. Each source is nationally-based and/or reflective of state-determined cut lines consistent with national trends. Combining evidence from these three sources, Amira suggests that the Grade Equivalent “Red” cut line be placed at the 34th percentile. A student ranked below the 34th PR should be considered below grade-level. Amira suggests the 65th percentile for a “Green” line, indicating that students are functioning at a high level of proficiency and “above” State Benchmarks . This cut line would establish a range between the 34th and 65th percentile within which students should be considered at & around grade level.

For more information on Amira’s percentiles refer to the norming section of the Amira Technical Guide.

Enumeration of Cut Lines For Grade Level Equivalence

The tables below show Amira’s recommended “red” and “green” cutlines for key metrics and measures.

Table of Cut Scores

Scale

Grade

Percentile

BOY

MOY

EOY

ORF

K

34th

16 WCPM

17 WCPM

18 WCPM

65th

27 WCPM

30 WCPM

33 WCPM

1

34th

17 WCPM

29 WCPM

40 WCPM

65th

33 WCPM

51 WCPM

70 WCPM

2

34th

40 WCPM

50 WCPM

59 WCPM

65th

70 WCPM

77 WCPM

84 WCPM

3

34th

59 WCPM

63 WCPM

68 WCPM

65th

84 WCPM

86 WCPM

88 WCPM

4

34th

107 WCPM

125 WCPM

138 WCPM

65th

140 WCPM

166 WCPM

173 WCPM

5

34th

138 WCPM

156 WCPM

169 WCPM

65th

173 WCPM

198 WCPM

206 WCPM

Phonological Awareness

K

34th

39%

47%

55%

65th

61%

69%

77%

1

34th

55%

65%

75%

65th

77%

83%

90%

2

34th

75%

82%

88%

65th

90%

92%

94%

3

34th

88%

90%

92%

65th

94%

95%

97%

4

34th

89%

91%

93%

65th

95%

96%

98%

5

34th

90%

92%

94%

65th

96%

97%

99%

Scale

Grade

Percentile

BOY

MOY

EOY

Reading Mastery

K

34th

4.93 years

5.31 years

5.68 years

65th

5.48 years

5.86 years

6.24 years

1

34th

5.68 years

6.17 years

6.65 years

65th

6.24 years

6.92 years

7.59 years

2

34th

6.65 years

7.23 years

7.81 years

65th

7.59 years

8.06 years

8.54 years

3

34th

7.81 years

8.1 years

8.39 years

65th

8.54 years

8.74 years

8.95 years

4

34th

9.34 years

9.59 years

9.84 years

65th

9.65 years

9.9 years

10.15 years

5

34th

10.34 years

10.59 years

10.84 years

65th

10.65 years

10.9 years

11.15 years

Sight Recognition

K

34th

37%

48%

58%

65th

53%

62%

72%

1

34th

58%

68%

79%

65th

72%

81%

89%

2

34th

79%

85%

91%

65th

89%

92%

95%

3

34th

91%

93%

95%

65th

95%

96%

97%

4

34th

93%

94%

96%

65th

96%

97%

98%

5

34th

94%

97%

98%

65th

97%

98%

99%

Scale

Grade

Percentile

BOY

MOY

EOY

Vocabulary

K

34th

1,826 Words

2,053 Words

2,279 Words

65th

2,137 Words

2,450 Words

2,764 Words

1

34th

2,279 Words

2,734 Words

3,190 Words

65th

2,764 Words

3,566 Words

4,369 Words

2

34th

3,190 Words

3,936 Words

4,683 Words

65th

4,369 Words

5,040 Words

5,711 Words

3

34th

4,683 Words

5,091 Words

5,498 Words

65th

5,711 Words

6,021 Words

6,331 Words

4

34th

6,134 Words

6,471 Words

6,809 Words

65th

6,552 Words

6,890 Words

7,227 Words

5

34th

6,809 Words

7,146 Words

7,484 Words

65th

7,227 Words

7,565 Words

7,902 Words

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