July 05, 2013
Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives
Support systems added
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To the Parents and Guardians of English Language Learners:
The Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) is required to measure and hold local school districts receiving Title III funds accountable for meeting Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO). Recently, we learned that DCPS did not meet these goals during the last AMAO reporting year. In order to make sure all parents are informed about this, I would like to share some information with you about what these goals are and what we are doing to improve service to our students with English Language Learner (ELL) needs.
What are the Goals?
The State sets three “targets” or goals for us to meet with your children. The first measures “progress,” or growth. The second measures “attainment,” or the skills students have in English. The third measures skills in math and reading that the federal government mandates through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB); this third goal is often referred to as “Adequate Yearly Progress.”
Our English Language Learners met the State’s target for attainment, which is determined by student performance on the ACCESS for ELLs® assessment, our annual language proficiency test. Despite their impressive mastery of English language skills, our students did not meet language proficiency “progress” target or the “Adequate Yearly Progress” target for reading and math on the DC CAS test last year.
What We are Doing to Improve
Because the school system met only one out of the three goals last year, we are examining the data so we can best make improvements to our ELL programs and curricula in the schools that did not meet the targets. We have also added support systems for classroom teachers to provide them with more and better strategies to help students meet their academic goals.
I know that your children are working hard to learn English while keeping up with a regular course load that is meant to be challenging even for native English speakers. Everyone at DCPS is committed to continuing to improve our services to your children, with a constant focus on their academic growth every year.
If you have any questions or want more details about the laws and requirements I have described here, you can direct them to the Office of Bilingual Education at 202-671-0750. Interpreters will be available to assist you if needed.