After students have taken the Benchmark assessment, data will be refreshed across Amira's valuable reports. This article will walk you through how to use this data to inform instruction, create student groups, and determine next steps for your class.
What metrics does the Benchmark assessment inform?
The Benchmark assessment informs the five core metrics of reading as shown below:
Which reports should I use to inform instruction and why?
To see my entire class, the Benchmark Report can be used to:
Compare how students in a class are doing, relative to one another, as well as to general student populations
Determine grouping of students based on a variety of metrics
If you're interested in training or self-paced learning resources for the Benchmark Report, try our slide deck presentation or video (10 min). More information on the Benchmark Report can be found here.
To analyze individual students, the instructional recommendations report can be used to:
Understand how to help individual students perform within their zone of proximal development (ZPD).
Summarize performance from the most recent Benchmark assessment
Locate actionable ideas for helping students while targeting their ZPD
Drill into each student's needs across the key dimensions of the reading pillars from the Simple View of Reading Framework: Phonological Awareness, Sight Recognition, Vocabulary, and Decoding
If you're interested in training or self-paced learning resources for the Instructional Recommendations report, try our slide deck or video (8 min). More information on the instructional recommendations report can be found here.
To analyze individual students, the Progress Report can be used to:
View an individual student's performance over time across assessments and practice sessions
Project expected performance
Analyze student's reading behaviors across sessions
Track student growth
If you are interested in training or self-paced learning resources for the Progress Report, refer to the Progress Report slide deck presentation and/or video (10 min). More information on the Progress Report can be found here.
The metrics are described in further details here.
How do I access the reports?
From the Teacher Portal, click Reports
Select INSTRUCTIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS REPORT or PROGRESS REPORT
Choose your class from the drop-down and a student from the menu
Long list? Type the first few letters of a student's first or last name to quickly find a student.
From the Teacher Portal, click Reports
Select BENCHMARK REPORT
Choose your class from the drop-down
Sort by name or metric to view and analyze
Note: If your class has multiple grades levels, 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.
A Sample Data Dive
This section can help you understand best practices for how to review data holistically.
Before the assessment, prepare students for what to expect when working with Amira in assessment mode.
During the assessment, do not provide assistance as students work with Amira. Also, ensure the classroom set up provides the best possible experience for reading aloud with minimal interruptions and background noise.
After the assessment, it's time to dig into the data!
Check the running record forms for students and listen to the recordings.
Take a look at the Benchmark Report for the entire class. Compare students across the key metrics you're interested in comparing. When working with earlier readers, we recommend looking at Word Recognition first.
Next, check the Instructional Recommendations report for word reading skills.
While on the Instructional Recommendations Report, look at vocabulary and comprehension.
Then, check the student dyslexia risk indicators on the Dyslexia Report.
Finally, check each students' Progress Report to understand each student's rate of growth. Is this student posed for growth? Does the student's trend line indicate the desired outcome?
When viewing data, it's important to think about each student individually, as well as how each student can best be served within your classroom dynamic in small groups, large groups and whole group. Some questions you might ask are:
What do you notice about the overall scores?
What is consistent with your own expectations and/or predictions?
How does your class (or student) compare with the grade level norms?
Describe the data patterns you're observing.
What are the strengths of the student(s)?
Do any students stand out? How can the students be supported?
What learning needs are evident?
What resources do I need access to in order to provide support?
What are my next steps with this class (or student)?