Parent Engagement

Randomized controlled trial study conducted?

Amira Learning

Mission

Amira's mission is to help every student become a motivated and masterful reader.

Program Description

Amira is an AI-powered Reading Coach, backed by 20+ years of R&D, that listens to K-3 students read out loud, assesses mastery, and delivers personalized 1:1 tutoring. Amira's mission is to help every child become a motivated and masterful reader. Amira is currently used in >250 school districts across 49 states, supported via our partnership with HMH. 

Our embedded assessment is the licensed, digital version of the TPRI, built on decades of research at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The assessment includes a dyslexia screener that identifies dyslexia risk at 96% accuracy.

Type of service
Tutoring Program
Technology Platform
Academic Intervention
Other
Other type of service

ORF Assessment, Dyslexia Screener

Year Started
2018
Headquarter Location (City, State)
Las Vegas, Nevada
States of Operation
Alabama,
Alaska,
Arizona,
Arkansas,
California,
Colorado,
Connecticut,
Delaware,
Florida,
Georgia,
Hawaii,
Idaho,
Illinois,
Indiana,
Iowa,
Kansas,
Kentucky,
Louisiana,
Maine,
Maryland,
Massachusetts,
Michigan,
Minnesota,
Mississippi,
Missouri,
Montana,
Nebraska,
Nevada,
New Hampshire,
New Jersey,
New Mexico,
New York,
North Carolina,
North Dakota,
Ohio,
Oklahoma,
Oregon,
Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island,
South Carolina,
South Dakota,
Tennessee,
Texas,
Utah,
Vermont,
Virginia,
Washington,
Washington DC,
West Virginia,
Wisconsin,
Wyoming,
Virtual
Most recent number of students served
146,500
Subject Offered
Early Literacy
Grade Levels
Kindergarten,
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade
Languages Offered
English
Setting
During School
Out of School
Delivery Mode
Virtual
Student-Tutor Ratio
1:1
Number of Sessions Per Week
Web-based - unlimited access. We generally recommend 2+ sessions/week.
Number of Minutes Per Session
30-60
Number of Weeks Per Program
Unlimited
Does your program engage with parents?
Yes
Family Engagement Description

The school version of Amira has a parent report that provides information about student progress over time, specific suggestions for ways to help your child (based on their actual reading to date) and stats such as most recent WCPM, vocabulary size, and estimated reading age.

Organization Type
For Profit
Customer Type
District, Nonprofit, School
Cost to District/ School/ Non-Profit
$20 per student per year
Cost to Student
Cost to Student for the School/District version is $0. For the direct-to-parents / B2C version, cost is $7.99 per month
Type of Tutor
Other
Other tutor type
Amira is an AI-powered virtual tutor that delivers 1-to-1 micro-interventions as the child reads aloud.
Randomized controlled trial (RCT) study conducted?
Yes
RCT Citation

Mostow, J., Aist, G., Burkhead, P., Corbett, A., Cuneo, A., Rossbach, S., & Tobin, B. (2002). Independent versus computer-assisted reading: Equal time comparison of sustained silent reading to an automated reading tutor that listens. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Chicago, IL.

Mostow, J., Aist, G., Burkhead, P., Corbett, A., Cuneo, A., Eitelman, S., Huang, C., Junker, B., Sklar, M.B., &
Tobin, B. (2003). Evaluation of an automated Reading Tutor that listens: Comparison to human tutoring and classroom instruction. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 29(1), 61-117.

Mostow, J., Aist, G., Huang, C., Junker, B., Kennedy, R., Lan, H., Latimar, D., O'Connor, R., Tassone, R., Tobin, B. and Wierman, A. (2003b). Four-Month Evaluation of a Learner-controlled Reading Tutor that Listens. In Speech Technology for Language Learning, V.M. Holland and F.N. Fisher, Eds. Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers, Lisse, The Netherlands.

Mostow, J. (2012, June). Why and how our automated reading tutor listens. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Automatic Detection of Errors in Pronunciation Training (ISADEPT) (pp. 43-52).

Mostow, J., and Aist, G. (2001) Evaluating tutors that listen: An overview of Project LISTEN. In K. Forbus and P. Feltovich, (Eds.) Smart Machines in Education, pp. 169-234. MIT/AAAI Press.

RCT effect size
Effect sizes in RCTs have ranged from 0.6 to 1.2 s.d. in studies lasting 10 weeks to 1 year
Quasi-experimental (QED) study conducted?
No
Contact Name
Adam Porsch

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