Posted on 11/10/2015 at 08:59 AM by Liz Determan

This is the time of year when district around the state of Iowa, serving English Learner (EL), receive their AEA’s results and their own district’s Annual Measurable Achievement Objective results.  So what are the 3 AMAOs that AEAs and school districts are measured on?

Each year ELs are given the state approved progress-monitoring assessment.  The current state approved assessment is called the Iowa-English Language Development Assessment (I-ELDA), soon to be replaced by the English Language Development Assessment-21st Century (ELPA21).  AMAO 1 (growth) and AMAO 2 (proficiency) results are derived from this assessment.  AMAO 3 (AYP) results are derived from Iowa Assessments. 

Every year AEAs and school districts must meet the states targets for each area in order to met their AMAOs.  So what does this look like for each AMAO?

AMAO 1 (growth):  Progress in the percentage of ELs who show growth.  Iowa’s criterion states that students should show one year’s growth in language acquisition each year.  There are 5 stages of language acquisition.  So moving from a composite score of 2 on the I-ELDA to a composite score of 3 in a year’s time, show’s one year’s growth.   

AMAO 2 (proficiency):  Progress in the percentage of ELs who become proficient in English and no longer qualify for the language assistance program.  The state looks at the percentage of students within an AEA/school district who score proficient on the I-ELDA.  A student must score a composite score of 6 to be considered proficient.  ELs who score a 6 on average do better on Iowa Assessments than ELs who score a 5 on the I-ELDA.

AMAO 3 (AYP):  Progress in the percentage of ELs who show adequate yearly progress in reading and math.  Again, the yearly target is set by the state. 

  • There are 3 grade bands-elementary, middle school, and high school.  That is the denominator.  If a district does not have at least 30 students at a particular grade band, then the denominator goes to 2 or 1.  If a district makes AMAO 3 from any give grade band, then the district makes AMAO 3 in general.  Thus 1/1, 1/2, and 1/3 means that AMAO 3 was met.  0/1, 0/2, and 0/3 means that AMAO 3 was not met.
  • Example:  A specific district has 3 grade bands with the following EL population (elem-200, middle school 31, and high school-15).  Each band needs at least 30 ELs at each level to count.  In this example only the elementary and middle school will count.  Therefore, they have 2 chances to make AMAO 3.  If one band makes AYP this will = 1/2.  If both bands make AYP this will = 2/2.  Both result in the district making AMAO 3.  If neither band makes AYP this will = 0/2 resulting in the district not making AMAO 3.
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