English Language Learners
2012 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO)
Title III requires that 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) Progress and Performance Index (PPI) of the ELL/former ELL subgroup in both English language arts and mathematics.
Progress Target The state target for 2012 is for sixty-two percent (62%) of ELL students to make progress toward acquiring English proficiency. Statewide, sixty-three percent (63%) of ELL students made progress. Additional information on how progress was calculated is included in the Guide to Understanding the 2012 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) Reports ("the Guide").
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. Individual 2012 English language proficiency attainment targets were determined for each district based on its students' number of years in Massachusetts. Additional information on how attainment was calculated is included in the Guide.
Cumulative PPI The PPI incorporates MCAS scores in English language arts, math, and science and technology/engineering. Additional information on PPI determinations is included in the Guide.
Districts that do not meet one or more of the AMAOs for their ELL students must inform the parents of all ELL 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 March 11, 2013, 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 also requires districts that do not meet one or more of the AMAOs for two consecutive years to develop an improvement plan. The Department will notify districts if they are required to develop an improvement plan and will provide guidance and assistance.
Title III legislation additionally requires that if a district has not met one or more of the AMAOs for four consecutive years, corrective action must be implemented by the state. The Department will also notify these districts of their status and of the required corrective action.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Melanie Manares, Title III Coordinator, in the Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement at 781-338-3573 or Paul Aguiar, Assistant Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement, at 781-338-3538.
2012 AMAO Report
2012 AMAOs for Consortia and Member Districts