English Language Proficiency Assessment and AMAOs
LAS Links has been used annually since school year 2005-2006 to measure Annual Measurable Achievement Objective 1(AMAO) and AMAO 2. All Maryland local school systems are required to use LAS Links and are not permitted to use other assessments.
What is required of the state and local school systems to measure the child’s development and attainment of English proficiency?
Under the federal NCLB regulations for Title III, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students, states must conduct an annual statewide assessment of English Language Learners (ELL) and local school systems are required to meet Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) for ELLs from kindergarten through 12th grade.
These AMAOs include:
AMAO I: increases in the number or percentage of children making progress in learning English
AMAO II: increases in the number or percentage of children attaining English proficiency by the end of each school year
AMAO III: making adequate yearly progress for limited English proficient Children as measured by the MSA.
AMAO for Local School System: Somerset County Public Schools (2008-2009)
AMAO I: Met
AMAO II: Met
AMAO III: Met