Diagnostic Report

This article provides an overview of how to use the Diagnostic Report to understand how to help students perform within their zone of proximal development (ZPD).

The Diagnostic Report summarizes performance from the most recent assessment in terms of key dimensions of the reading pillars from the Simple View of Reading Framework: Phonological Awareness , Sight Recognition , Vocabulary , and Decoding. The report also provides educators with actionable ideas for helping students, targeting a student's Zone of Proximal Development.

Accessing the Diagnostic Report

  1. Click Reports in the upper right section of the screen.
  2. Select the Diagnostic Report from the Reports screen.
  3. Choose 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.

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 Diagnostic Report

Analyses and Suggestions

Analyses and suggestions are divided into three categories: Likely Mastered, Appropriately Challenging, and Very Challenging. Every time you open or refresh the page, three new items are added to the columns.

  • Likely Mastered - items identified as Likely Mastered are inferred from analysis of student reading.
  • Appropriately Challenging - suggestions under Appropriately Challenging are within the student's Zone of Proximal Development and are appropriate for targeted instruction.
  • Very Challenging - items labeled Very Challenging are outside of a student's Zone of Proximal Development and are not (yet) appropriate for instruction.

Notes: Students with high AREA scores may not display Very Challenging options. Also, this report is based on the Oral Reading Fluency task portion of the assessment. Students showing as Incomplete in the Tracking Report will not have a Diagnostic Report until they complete their assessment.


Actionable Suggestions for Helping Students
Phonological Awareness

Amira analyzes student reading to the phoneme level and suggests phonemes in the Phonological Awareness tab so you can understand what students may have mastered and what you might use in targeted instruction to help build a student's phonological awareness.

Sight Recognition

Amira's analyzes the probability that a student has mastered sight words based on their assessment reading. Amira then suggests sight words that students have likely mastered and identifies words that can be used in targeted instruction to help students master important sight words. 


Amira estimates the number of words in a student’s expressive vocabulary based on reading performance and generates lists of words that students have likely mastered and that are appropriate for targeted instruction. Use the words on the list to help students grow their vocabulary.


Amira analyzes student reading to identify decoding strategies that students have likely mastered. and strategies appropriate for the student's current development that you can use in targeted instruction to improve student's decoding ability.



Printing the Diagnostic Report

  1. Right click or open the browser's print option.
  2. Adjust system print options as needed.
  3. Click Print.

Save the Diagnostic 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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