Benchmark Report

This article provides an overview of how to use the Benchmark Report to learn about student performance from assessment.

Students' practice sessions do not inform this report. Visit the The Student Practice Experience article for additional information or the Progress Report for Practice to analyze performance.

The Benchmark 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 provides views of class performance and allows educators to compare against expectations, interventions, cut lines, and student ranking. Benchmarks update each assessment season to represent students’ grade-level reading skills for that time of year.

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 cutlines 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 has developed an unusual reading style.

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 stylistic approaches can be highlighted by significantly different rankings on ORF vs AREA outcomes, and point 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 reading levels based on students' assessments.


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.


Metric Scale Definition Notes
Oral Reading Fluency WCPM, Lexile, DRA Student's ability to read aloud with natural ease Incorporates accuracy and speed
Reading Mastery AREA (Amira Reading Estimated Age) Student’s ability to read accurately, compared to average age of acquisition for story-words Accuracy defined in terms of reading age level
Sight Recognition ESRI Estimated percentage of sight words student has mastered Especially useful measure of reading fluency for younger readers
Phonological Awareness PSF Student's ability to parse phonemes into words Students are scored on how well all phonemes have been pronounced; PSF is an average over those scores
Vocabulary Size Estimated words in vocabulary An estimate of how many words are likely in the student’s expressive vocabulary Estimates are based on published research on vocabulary development as a function of age


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.

Next Steps

Visit the Reports link in the top right of the screen to access additional reports you can use to analyze student performance from the class or student level or review our Amira Reports: Quick Guide.

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