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English Language Learners

2008 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO)

There are three categories of achievement objectives for limited English proficient (LEP) students: (1) progress toward acquiring English language proficiency, (2) attainment of English language proficiency, and (3) adequate yearly progress (AYP) of the LEP subgroup in both English Language Arts and in mathematics.

  • Progress Target The State target for 2008 is for sixty-two percent (62%) of LEP students to make progress toward acquiring English proficiency.

  • Attainment Target Attainment of English language proficiency is defined as scoring at the transitioning level on MEPA and/or IPT. The Department calculated 2008 English language proficiency attainment targets for each district based on the performance distribution of students the district served.

  • AYP in English Language Arts and Mathematics of the LEP Subgroup Additional information on AYP determinations is included in the link, below, Guide to Understanding the 2008 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) Reports.

Districts that do not meet all three AMAOs for their LEP students must inform the parents of all LEP students in the district of the district’s performance. This notification must be provided within 30 days of the receipt of the final 2008 AMAO report, in an understandable format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand. The Department suggests that districts required to notify parents use this as an opportunity to explain the district’s programs and services for English Language Learners (ELLs) and to engage parents in public discussions of English language learner education.

Title III legislation also requires districts that do not meet the state English language proficiency AMAOs for two consecutive years to develop an improvement plan. The Department will provide guidance and assistance to districts to which this requirement applies.

If you have questions please contact Kathryn Riley in the Office of English Language Acquisition at kriley@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3522.

Guide to Understanding the 2008 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) Reports

2008 AMAO Report



Last Updated: December 05, 2008
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