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English Language Learners

2009 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO)

Title III requires that Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) are established for students in grades K-12, in three categories: (1) progress toward acquiring English language proficiency; (2) attainment of English language proficiency; and (3) Adequate Yearly Progress of the LEP subgroup in both English language arts and mathematics.

Progress Target The state target for 2009 is for sixty percent (60%) of LEP students to make progress toward acquiring English proficiency. Statewide, sixty-six percent (66%) of LEP students made progress. Additional information on how progress was calculated is included in the Guide to Understanding the 2009 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) Reports ("the Guide"). (A link to the Guide is at the bottom of this page.) As the Guide explains in more detail, this year progress is only reported for grades 3-12. For students in grades K-2, the differences between the formerly administered IPT test and the new K-2 MEPA test are so substantial that the results could not reasonably be compared.

Attainment Target Attainment of English language proficiency is defined as scoring at the mid-point of Level 4 or above on the new MEPA test. A 2009 English language proficiency attainment target was determined for each district based on its students' number of years in Massachusetts and grade span. The state target was twenty-nine percent (29%), and the actual state performance was thirty-four percent (34%). Additional information on how attainment was calculated is included in the attachment.

AYP in English language arts and mathematics by LEP subgroup Additional information on AYP determinations is included in the Guide.

Districts that do not meet one or more of the 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 in an understandable format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand. This notification must be provided by February 14, 2010, which is within 30 days of the posting of the final reports on the Department's website. Also, a copy of the parent notification letter must be uploaded into the district's Title III folder through the security portal. 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 one or more of the state English language proficiency AMAOs for two consecutive years to develop an improvement plan. If a district has not met one or more of the state English language proficiency AMAOs for four consecutive years, additional measures must be implemented. The Department will notify districts of their status and of any additional requirements, and will provide technical assistance concerning these requirements.

If you have questions please contact Michelle Griffin in the Office of English Language Acquisition at mgriffin@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3570.

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Guide to Understanding the 2009 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) Reports
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Last Updated: January 20, 2010
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