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AMAO for Growth in English Language Proficiency

The AMAO for growth relates to making annual increases in the percentage of children making progress in learning English. In New Jersey, we define this objective as follows:

In 2013-2014 100% of all Limited English Proficient (LEP) students will make defined annual gains in their English language proficiency as measured by the ACCESS for ELLs™ English language proficiency test.

For 2007-2008, 70% of the students who had participated in a program for a full year were expected to meet the defined annual gains in English language skills. Annual gains are measured from spring to spring by the ACCESS for ELLs™ test.  Defined annual gains for 2007-081 are as follows:

Grade Level in 2007-2008

Expected Growth in ACCESS for ELLs™ Scale Score Points

Grade Level in 2007-2008

Expected Growth in ACCESS for ELLs™ Scale Score Points

1

20

7

10

2

17

8

10

3

14

9

7

4

12

10

6

5

12

11

4

6

12

12

3

Students Included in Growth Data

The AMAO for English language growth is measured by spring to spring scores on the ACCESS for ELLs™ test. Only students who have been in the program for one year or more are included in the estimate of growth. For this reason, kindergarten students and students who did not take the ACCESS for ELLs™ test in 2006 are not included in the district’s growth data.
                       
AMAO for Attainment of English Language Proficiency

The AMAO for attaining proficiency relates to annual increases in the percentage of children attaining English proficiency by the end of each school year, as follows:
*Grades K-4: In 2013-14, 100% of all LEP students will achieve English language proficiency and exit the program in four full years or less.
*Grades 5–12: In 2013-14, 100% of all LEP students will achieve English language proficiency and exit the program in five full years or less or meet New Jersey high school graduation requirements.
For 2007-2008, 65% of the students who participate in a program were expected to meet the AMAO goal for attaining English language proficiency.

These gains were developed based on a standard setting meeting in November, 2007.