English Language Learners
2013 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO)
Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that AMAOs be 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. All ELLs are to be assessed annually for English language proficiency and academic performance in the content areas.
AMAO 1: Progress Target The state target for 2013 is that sixty-three percent (63%) of ELL students in each district will make progress toward acquiring English language proficiency. Statewide, sixty-one percent (61%) of ELL students made progress in 2013. Additional information on how progress was calculated is included in the Guide to Understanding the 2013 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) Reports ("the Guide").
AMAO 2: Attainment Target Attainment of English language proficiency is defined as scoring a composite Level 5.0 or above on the new ACCESS for ELLs assessment. Individual district 2013 English language proficiency attainment targets were determined for each district based on its students' number of years in Massachusetts. Statewide, 19% of ELLs attained English proficiency. The attainment target for the State was 17%. Additional information on how attainment was calculated is included in the Guide.
AMAO 3: Cumulative PPI The PPI incorporates MCAS scores in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering; growth in ELA and Math; graduation rates; and dropout rates. Districts must also meet the 95% MCAS participation rate on ELA, Math and Science for the ELL/former ELL subgroup. The statewide performance target for AMAO 3 is a cumulative PPI of 75 for the ELL/former ELL subgroup for all districts. The State attained a Cumulative PPI of 59 in 2013. Additional information on PPI determinations is included in the Guide.
According to Section 3302(b) of Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act, districts that do not meet one or more of the AMAOs must inform the parents of all ELL students in the district of the district's performance. This notification must be in an comprehensible to parents, and to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand. Notification must be provided by January 12, 2014, which is within 30 days of the posting of the final reports on the Department's website. The Department encourages districts that are required to notify parents to take this opportunity to explain the district's programs and services for ELLs, how services to their child(ren) will be improved, and to engage parents in public discussions of English language learner education.
Section 3122(b)(2) of Title III also requires districts that do not meet any one or more AMAOs for two consecutive years to develop an improvement plan to address the AMAOs that were not met. The Department will notify districts if they are required to develop an improvement plan and will provide guidance and assistance in developing and submitting the plan.
Additionally, Section 3122(b)(4) of Title III requires the State to implement corrective action for districts that have not met any one or more of the AMAOs for four consecutive years. The Department will notify these districts of their status and of the required corrective action.
Please direct any questions or concerns to Melanie Manares, Title III Coordinator, in the Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement at 781-338-3573, Beth O'Connell, Title III Specialist in the Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement at 781-338-3571, or Paul Aguiar, Assistant Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement at 781-338-3538.
2013 AMAO Report
2013 AMAOs for Consortia and Member Districts