Amira offers a reliable and valid Spanish language Dyslexia screener for the detection of reading and language disorders. Coupled with the Dyslexia screener is a Benchmark assessment that assesses early Spanish literacy skills (fluency, phonemic awareness, decoding, accuracy, vocabulary, and comprehension) and measures overall reading mastery.
In this article, you will learn about the basis for the Spanish assessment, how to enable it for your dual-language students or English learners, and what data it generates.
Origins and Design
By providing comparative information on reading in both languages, Amira's dual language assessment aids in instructional decision-making. The assessment "items" are short text passages developed by the psychometric team at the UTHealth Medical system. The team has worked on these items for more than 15 years and they are incorporated into the widely-used Tejas Lee.
Here is a student video of the Dyslexia Screener and Benchmark:
Dyslexia screening items will mirror the configuration your school or district has set up for the English screening items. For example, if your district configuration has the RAN task, letter sounds, NWF, and reading comprehension tasks enabled, these tasks will be presented to students assessing in Spanish.
Students may be assessed in Spanish only, or both Spanish and English.
For more information on setting up your system to designate students taking the Spanish assessment, see Admins: Configure Assessment en Español.
❗ NOTE: Amira also offers a way to allow students to read in English, but receive instructional supports and instructions in Spanish. Teachers may enable this feature at the student level. For more information, see the related articles below.