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Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for 2011-12 and 2012-13

AMAO I Change Announcement

Under Title III, Part A, Section 3122(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is required to develop three Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) which represent the annual achievement targets for English language learners. Title III-funded districts are accountable for English language learners’ development and attainment of English proficiency while meeting State academic content and achievement targets.

AMAO 1 relates to making annual increases in the number or percentage of children making progress in learning English. Progress is defined as a specific increase in the scale score points on the ACCESS for ELLs test. AMAO 2 relates to annual increases in the number or percentage of children attaining English proficiency by the end of each school year. AMAO 3 relates to meeting annual yearly progress (AYP) by the limited English proficient (LEP) subgroup at the district level.

The following chart displays the standards for the 2012- 2013 and 2013-2014 school years.

AMAO Indicators 2013-14 Standards 2014-15 Standards
AMAO 1: Progress 59 % of students will increase 0.5 composite proficiency level or more on the ACCESS for ELLs test.

60 % of students will increase 0.5 composite proficiency level or more on the ACCESS for ELLs test.

AMAO 2: Attainment 5% of students in language assistance programs for less than one year through four years will attain a 4.5 composite score on the ACCESS for ELLs test. 
50% of students in language assistance programs for 5 years or more will attain a 4.5 composite score on the ACCESS for ELLs test.
5% of students in language assistance programs for less than one year through four years will attain a 4.5 composite score on the ACCESS for ELLs test. 
50% of students in language assistance programs for 5 years or more will attain a 4.5 composite score on the ACCESS for ELLs test.
AMAO 3:  District Performance for the LEP Subgroup* Includes district progress target for LEP subgroup in math, LAL and participation rate in each of those assessments.
It also includes an additional indicator of attendance or graduation rate.
Includes district progress target for LEP subgroup in math, LAL and participation rate in each of those assessments.
It also includes an additional indicator of attendance or graduation rate.

*This link will also provide information on how to understand AMAO 3.  AMAO 3 is calculated at the district level, not at the school level.    

The AMAO 2 targets include two cohorts: students that have been in a language assistance program up to four years, and those that have been in a program five or more years. In order to meet AMAO 2, districts must meet both cohorts.