Superintendent’s Memo #329-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

December 16, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Appeals Process for Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives

Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives
Section 3122 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires states to establish Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) for limited English proficient (LEP) students that measure their success in making progress in learning English, achieving proficiency in English, and meeting AYP targets in reading/language arts and mathematics.  The calculations for AMAO 1 (progress) and AMAO 2 (proficiency) are determined based on results from the statewide administration of Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs®). The AMAO 3 (AYP) results for reading/language arts and mathematics are determined based on results from the statewide administration of the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments. 

Title III Accountability
Title III improvement status is based on whether school divisions and/or consortia fail to meet any one or more of the Title III AMAOs for two or more consecutive years. 

For School Divisions not in Consortia: 

For School Divisions in Consortia:

Title III Appeals Process
Title III AMAOs are reported at the division and/or consortium level and at the state level, not at the school level.  Before a final determination is made that a school division did not meet one or more of the Title III AMAOs, the division will be given an opportunity to review its data in the Title III Achievement Summary Report and the Title III Consortia 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), AMAO 2 (proficiency), and/or AMAO 3 (AYP) reading/language arts and/or mathematics 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 January 6, 2012.  Submit six packets (an original and five copies) to:

Stacy Freeman, ESL Specialist
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120

If there are questions about the appeals process, please contact Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist, at Stacy.Freeman@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 371-0778.

PIW/sf

Attachments:

  1. AMAO Appeals Policies and Procedures (Word)
  2. AMAO Appeals Form (Word)