Accountability for English Language Learners (ELLs)

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What Are Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs)?

Title III of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB) requires states to:

  • establish English language proficiency (ELP) standards aligned to state academic content standards, yet suitable for ELL students learning English as a second language;
  • annually assess the English language proficiency of each ELL student using a valid and reliable assessment of English-language proficiency aligned to ELP standards;
  • define AMAOs to measure and report on progress toward and attainment of English proficiency and academic achievement standards; and
  • hold local education agencies accountable for meeting increasing AMAO targets for English language proficiency over time (NCLB 2002, Public Law 107-110, 115 Statute 1425).

Three specific AMAOs have been established under the law:

AMAO 1: Progressing in English language acquisition
annual increases in the number or percentage of students making progress in learning English
AMAO 2: Exiting or reaching English language proficiency
annual increases in the number or percentage of students attaining English language proficiency by the end of each school year
AMAO 3: ELL-Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO)
Adequate progress for the ELL subgroup (under Title I) in meeting grade-level academic achievement standards in English Language Arts (Reading) and Mathematics

Districts must meet the Title III AMAOs annually since the baseline year, 2002-03.


Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs)for English Language Learners (ELLs)

The following AMAOs set challenging yet reasonable goals for educating ELLs.

AMAO 1:

Making progress in learning English

based on ACCESS for ELLs® composite scores
School Year Target Progress Rate
(Percent At or Above 0.4 Gain Criterion)
2010-11 35%
2011-12 37%
2012-13 39%
2013-14 41%
2014-15 43%
2015-16 45%
2016-17 47%
2017-18 49%
2018-19 51%
2019-20 53%
2020-21 55%

AMAO 2:

Attaining English language proficiency

based on number of ACCESS for ELLs® composite scores of 5.0 or above divided by all ELLs enrolled in the district
School Year Proficiency Rate Required
   
2009-10 5.0%
2010-11 6.5%
2011-12 8.0%
2012-13 9.5%
2013-14 11.0%
2014-15 12.5%
2015-16 14.0%
2016-17 15.5%
2017-18 17.0%
2018-19 18.5%
2019-20 20.0%

AMAO 3

ELL Annual Measurable Objectives

Adequate progress for the ELL subgroup (under Title I) in meeting grade-level academic achievement standards in English Language Arts (Reading) and Mathematics

AMA0 3 determinations are calculated using the methodology applied to district level AMO determinations under the Title I Accountability Waiver and include:

  • Annually adjusted percent of ELLs proficient on state-wide academic content test for tested grades in Math; 
  • Annually adjusted percent of ELLs proficient on state-wide academic content test for tested grades in Reading;
  • 95% participation rate on state-wide academic content test for tested grades; and 
  • 85% graduation rate for the most recent year or for the most recent two years combined for the 4- 6-year rate, or improvement in the 4- or 6-year rate.

 

 

For questions about this information, contact osamail@dpi.wi.gov