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Placement in Amplify Reading

When a student first plays Amplify Reading, the program determines the initial level of content they will see, based on their unique learning needs. For example, a second grade student's assessment data may show they are not meeting grade level expectations, and are struggling with basic reading skills. In Amplify Reading, that student's placement will allow for practice in basic phonics skills like the sounds of common letter combinations, as well as basic vocabulary and comprehension skills, like inferences and main ideas.

How Amplify Reading places students into the program

Students are placed into the adaptive Amplify Reading learning map either using their most recent supported assessment data, or by taking the Amplify Reading Automatic Placement Tool (APT).

Student placement in your Teacher Dashboard

Student placement is reflected in the color coded skill domains within the Teacher Dashboard. Just open the Students section, then click on Skill View: You will see a list of all of your students in a particular class, with different colored squares under each skill domain, which indicate whether a student is working on content that is on-, below-, or above-grade level for each skill domain.

If you are an mCLASS user, you will be able to see your students’ most recent assessment scores in the Students section of your Teacher Dashboard. Just open the Students section, then click on Overview: You will see a list of all of your students in a particular class, with columns that show their mCLASS assessment data (includes DIBELS, TRC, and TRO data).

Note: If you use a different method to place your students into the program (including the APT), you will not be able to view their assessment scores within the Teacher Dashboard.


Assessment-based placement

Our placement system uses students’ latest reading assessment data to ensure they practice the right skills at the right time.

List of supported assessments:

Completely automated/integrated:

  • DIBELS: DIBELS 8th Edition and Acadience Reading (formerly known as DIBELS Next) are both supported. Students are placed based on the composite score.

  • TRC:Text Reading and Comprehension

  • TRO: Text Reading Online

Note: All of the above assessments are viewable within the Teacher Dashboard

Easy .CSV data share:

  • i-Ready

  • Istation ER

  • Istation AR

  • easyCBM

  • earlyReading

  • FAST CBMr

  • FAST aReading

  • Star Reading

  • STAR Early Literacy

  • NWEA (also known as MAP)


Amplify Reading Automatic Placement Tool (APT)

Note: Click here to read our FAQ on the Automatic Placement Tool.

Placement for students who do not have assessment data is determined using our Automatic Placement Tool (APT), which ensures students receive the content and skill practice most appropriate for their current reading level.

Note: While the automatic placement tool is an effective method for determining the right starting point for a student within Amplify Reading, it is not a reading assessment, screener, or benchmarking replacement.

How the APT places students into Amplify Reading

Students receive a set of word recognition activities (grades K–5):

and comprehension activities (grades 1–5) for their enrolled grade:

Each grade-level set contains carefully curated activities that measure a range of skill levels for each grade and map directly to the content included in the program. Our program analyzes students’ response to each question and places them at a starting point within the program that best suits their current reading needs. For example, a third-grade student’s responses may show that they are struggling with below-grade level decoding skills, so they would be placed accordingly within Amplify Reading’s adaptive algorithm to ensure that they receive opportunities to practice those skills.

Student experience in the APT

Students only see the Placement Tool once, when they log into Amplify Reading for the first time: This experience is a fun and engaging introduction to the world of Amplify Reading. Students are given a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Amplify Reading “lab” and are asked to help the team by answering questions. Each activity is punctuated with fun animations and characters to keep students motivated and trying their best. The entire experience takes most students roughly 15 minutes, though some students may move faster or slower depending on their reading level.

The video below is a demo of the APT experience for students in grade 3:

Spanish voiceover in the APT

The APT has Spanish voiceover available for both the narrative sections and the skill measures.

If you have a student who should take the APT in Spanish, you will need to toggle Spanish voiceover on for that student before they log in for the first time and take the APT. If your student has already played the APT in English and you would like for them to retake it in Spanish, please contact our customer support team.

Updating student placement

If you have updated assessment data for your students:

If you are an mCLASS user, your students' placements will be updated automatically, based on their new assessment scores.

If you use a supported third party assessment, your district will need to share the updated scores with Amplify to update your students' placements within the program.

If you believe your student was placed incorrectly:

It is not possible to re-place students through your Teacher Dashboard; only Amplify Reading customer support can complete re-placement requests.

If you are certain that a student has been placed incorrectly, please contact support to request re-placement for that student.

Caregiver resources

Click here to download a bilingual (English and Spanish) explanatory guide for parents and caregivers. This PDF includes a brief overview of the APT’s purpose, along with transcribed instructions for each activity that caregivers can refer to if their child needs help understanding what to do.


New! Midyear (MOY) re-placement

Beginning in January of 2022, students will have the opportunity to receive updated placement in Amplify Reading at the middle of the year (MOY). Re-placement will allow students to experience skill game content that is in line with their strengths and areas of need based on their most recent assessment results.

Only skill games are subject to change based on re-placement: After receiving a placement update, students will continue to have the same experience in their Quests, eReader, Vocabulary (grades 3-5 only), and Close Reading (grades 4-5 only) activities.

Note: Please see our updated FAQ article for answers to specific questions about MOY re-placement in Amplify Reading.

MOY re-placement and integrated assessments

Note: The MOY assessment period for integrated assessments begins on a rolling basis in November.

Students who were initially placed using integrated assessments (DIBELS, TRC, or mCLASS Express) will receive an updated placement automatically upon completing their MOY assessment, if the results indicate that re-placement is recommended.

Once the MOY assessment is completed in mCLASS, your students will finish their current quest step in Amplify Reading. On their next quest step, students will see new games (if an updated placement point is recommended based on their assessment results), or will continue working through the program where they left off before their MOY assessment (if the results do not indicate a need for updated placement).

For students who do receive automatic re-placement:

  • If a student's MOY assessment indicates that they need to move up in the adaptive skillmap, they will receive new, more advanced skill games.

  • If a student's MOY assessment indicates that they need to move down in the adaptive skillmap, they will receive skill games targeting earlier skills, and will have the opportunity to practice any trouble spots they encountered prior to re-placement.

MOY re-placement and supported third-party assessments

Students who are placed using a supported third-party assessment will not receive automatic re-placement at MOY. If you would like for these students to be re-placed, please contact our customer support team for more information.

MOY re-placement and the Automatic Placement Tool (APT)

Note: The MOY re-placement period for APT users begins in January.

Students who were initially placed using the Amplify Reading Automatic Placement Tool (APT) will see the APT again the first time they log into the program in a new calendar year. Note that the content students see within the APT measures at MOY is different than what is shown at BOY.

Once they have completed the MOY APT, your students will finish their current quest step in Amplify Reading. On their next quest step, students will see new games (if an updated placement point is recommended based on their results), or will continue working through the program where they left off before re-taking the APT (if the results do not indicate a need for updated placement).

For students who do receive automatic re-placement:

  • If a student's MOY assessment indicates that they need to move up in the adaptive skillmap, they will receive new, more advanced skill games.

  • If a student's MOY assessment indicates that they need to move down in the adaptive skillmap, they will receive skill games targeting earlier skills, and will have the opportunity to practice any trouble spots they encountered prior to re-placement.

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