This article provides an overview of how to use the Progress Report to learn about student performance over time. If you are interested in training or self-paced learning resources for the Progress Report, try our slide deck presentation or video (10 min).
The Progress Report displays a student's performance over time across assessments and practice sessions along with a projection of expected performance tied to key metrics. The Progress Report can be used to analyze a student's reading behaviors across multiple practice/assessment sessions, track growth and goal set.
Access the Progress Report
1. Select Reports (upper right of screen).
2. Select Progress Report.
3. Choose a student from the menu.
Analyze the Progress Report
Use the Score Configuration sidebar (left of the report) to update and display different metrics, score types, scales, and benchmarking norms. For more information, review the Metrics support article.
View Student Growth
- Each dot represents one story reading session.
- If you hover over the dot you get additional information about that session.
- Each dot is clickable, and will take you to the session Scoring session.
Track student performance by paying careful attention to which dots represent:
(1) An assessment (controlled and timed)
(2) Practice/Tutoring (fluid and flexible)
Practice stories adjust in level based on performance, so view scores accordingly and use the “Adjusted” score type.
Notice that as you change the score configuration options from the sidebar, the graph will update the y-axis, the Predicted Ability (blue line), the latest score information, and the display of the data.
Progress Report Visualization
The Progress Report displays all assessment and practice data and allows you to open previous assessments and practice sessions in the scoring screen.
- Choose the student whose reading you wish to review.
- Hover over the reading points to find the reading you wish to review.
- Click the popup to review the reading. See the Scoring Screen article for more information.
Amira generates a Predicted Ability forecast below the chart to project end of year performance. The more data points there are, the better the prediction.
The percentile ranks are based on national norms, as displayed in the benchmark section of the score configuration sidebar. For more information on the source of the percentile ranks, visit our Metrics article.
A student's most recent score is displayed above the chart. Use this score to compare to the predicted ability and prior performance. This may be a good discussion point for goal setting with the student.
Below the progress graph you'll find a table listing all activities the student has completed within the current school year, ordered from most recent to least recent. Use the score configuration options in the sidebar to update the metric & scale displayed in the table.
Note that Amira began tracking session time in late 2019; activities completed prior to mid-December 2019 will not show a session time.
Score Configuration Options
Metrics & Scales
Use the drop down options for the metrics and scales that matter most to you. For more information, review the Metrics support article.
Note: Negative Lexiles are also considered BR (BR stands for Beginning Reader, and it indicates a Lexile® measure or range below 0L. The Lexile range extends to -400, indicated as BR400L. The lower the number following the letters BR, the more advanced the reader is.)
Every time a student reads with Amira, they get a raw (or unadjusted) score. We "equate" or adjust that score to make it so that teachers can compare scores to one another. The goal of the adjusted score is to account for the difficulty level of the passage.
- For example - stories may be fiction or nonfiction, leveled for beginning of the year or closer to the end, and students may be reading below or above grade level. If a student reads an easier passages for their grade level, they are likely to read very quickly and fluently with a high WCPM score. If given a passage significantly above their independent level, they are likely to struggle with many words and slow down radically with a lower WCPM score. We adjust the scores across these passages to get a better sense of performance despite the differences between the passages read.
- Another example - a Kindergarten student may read a First Grade story and receive a higher adjusted score than a First Grader reading the same story. The adjusted score reflects that the Kindergartener is reading above expectations so their score means something different than a First Grader reading the same text.
The adjusted score will help to account for the impact of different text difficulty levels on the speed and accuracy of a student’s reading.
Student Goal Setting
The Progress Report can help teachers and students track goals. To help students track and monitor their own goals, we have created a few goal tracking worksheets as well as a digital copy to be used in Google Classroom or Seesaw.
- Digital Goal Setting for use in Google Classroom or Seesaw
- Printable Goal Setting Sheets
- Digital Stickers to share with students
Printing the Progress Report
- Right click or open the browser's print option.
- Adjust system print options as needed.
- Click Print.
Saving the Progress Report as a PDF
- Right click or open the browser's print option.
- Select PDF in the printer or destination field.
- Click Save.
- Adjust PDF options, like layout, as needed.
- Choose a location where you want the PDF to be saved.
- Click Save again.
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.
Are you getting any reports that students are using Amira Practice but you aren't able to find their activity? Visit the FAQ section of the Support for Teachers website to learn more.
Need additional help?
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