COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
August 6, 2010
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires states to develop Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) for limited English proficient (LEP) students that measure their success in making progress and achieving proficiency in the English language. As described in Superintendent’s Memorandum #109-10 and Superintendent’s Memorandum #183-10, beginning in August 2010, the calculations for AMAO 1 (progress) and AMAO 2 (proficiency) will be determined based upon results from the statewide administration of Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs). Consistent with the Final Title III Interpretations, October 2008, a body of evidence can no longer be used in conjunction with the ELP assessment results to determine AMAO 1 and AMAO 2 calculations. Divisions that have not met the AMAOs for two consecutive years must develop an improvement plan, and divisions that have not met the AMAOs for four consecutive years must modify the curriculum and method of instruction.
Progress and proficiency on the Title III AMAOs are reported only at the division and state level, not at the school level. Before a final determination is made that a school division did not meet the Title III AMAOs, the division will be given an opportunity to review its data in the Title III Summary Report in the Single Sign-On for Web Systems (SSWS). If the division believes that the proposed AMAO determinations are in error for statistical or other substantive reasons, it may provide supporting evidence to the Department of Education to consider before making a final determination. The policies and procedures for school divisions to use in preparing an appeal for AMAO 1 (progress) and/or AMAO 2 (proficiency) accountability decisions are found in Attachment A. The AMAO Appeal Form is found in Attachment B.
The Virginia Department of Education must receive appeals filed by the division superintendent within 15 business days of the school division receiving official notice of its AMAO accountability decision or no later than September 17, 2010. Submit six packets (an original and five copies) to:
Judy Radford, ESL Coordinator
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120
If there are questions about the appeals process, please contact Judy Radford, ESL coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (804) 786-1692.