TARGET 8: More than 99% of MO districts fail English standards

1 year 11 months 4 weeks ago April 28, 2015 Apr 28, 2015 Tuesday, April 28 2015 Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:53:00 PM CDT in Target 8
By: Katie Moeller, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools haven't met the Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for English Language Proficiency for seven years.

Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) are standards for English Language Learner students set by the state as required by federal mandate. There are three specific goals districts must meet to pass the standards.

  • AMAO 1: calculated by the number of students showing improvement in learning English.
  • AMAO 2: calculated by the number of students achieving proficiency in English.
  • AMAO 3: calculated by English Language Learner scores on communication arts and mathematics standardized tests. 

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said the school district of Columbia is not alone in failing to meet those goals.

"Columbia is one of 35 districts in Missouri that haven't met the standards in seven years," said Director of Migrant Education Shawn Cockrum. "Only one school district in 2014 met the Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives, and that was the district of Clayton."

Shelly Fair, Columbia Public Schools English Language Learning Coordinator, said she's not surprised by those statistics.

"It's because of AMAO 3," Fair said. "While AMAO 1 and 2 measure progress and proficiency in English for students who it's not a first language for, AMAO 3 measures those students' standardized test scores in Communication Arts and Math. "

Fair said for now, the standardized test in Missouri is the MAP.

"The thing is, if our students are performing well on AMAO 1 and AMAO 2, which they are, eventually, AMAO 3, which measures achievement on the MAP test, should fall into place."

Becky Miller is the English Language Learner teacher at Oakland Middle School. She said while some students can show improvement in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English, it can still be hard for them to apply their knowledge.

"One thing you have to understand about kids who grow up outside the United States, or grow up in a family in which English is not the first language, is that they don't have the same background knowledge as an average student," Miller said.

She said that's why she focuses on helping her students develop academic vocabularies.

"Words like relationship, dependent, avoid, all these words are used on standardized tests for not only communication arts segments, but for math and science sections too," Miller said.

Students who have been in the country for more than a year are required to take the full MAP test regardless of their level of English language proficiency.

Miller said that's simply not enough time for most students to understand a language enough to apply it academically.

"Science is telling us that it takes most kids five to seven years to become proficient in a new language," she said. "And that's if they can read and write in their first language."

For every year that school districts fail to meet the AMAOs, state sanctions increase in severity.

"The first year, the only thing a district has to do is notify parents of English Language Learner students that they have not met the standards," Cockrum said.

If a district doesn't reach the standards for four years or more, the state can technically remove federal funding for English Language Learner students, require the district to change its curriculum, or ask the district to remove any personnel responsible for the failure.

Cockrum said the state hasn't taken any of those more serious actions against school districts.

"I'm not nervous about any of those measures being enacted in Columbia," Fair said. "That's because we're not alone in not reaching that third AMAO standard. Like the data shows, only one school district actually met AMAO 3 in 2014."

Cockrum said one reason for so few schools meeting the third AMAO standard in 2014 is the fact that the baseline for the standards increases each year.

KOMU analyzed the data for schools across Missouri from 2008-2014 and discovered that in assessment year 2009, 179 school districts met AMAO 3, whereas in 2014, only one school district met AMAO 3.

Cockrum said he would not be surprised if the legislation regarding Missouri's Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives changes in the near future.

"We want the best educations possible for all of our students in Missouri," he said. "But I think if only one district is meeting a standard, I have to wonder if that's the best way to truly measure students' ability."

 

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department found a body on Monday that's likely to be that of 31-year-old Carl DeBrodie.... More >>
2 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 8:24:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- The time has come for Missouri elementary and middle schoolers to take the annual Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test.... More >>
4 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:50:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Developers have been busy since the Unified Development Ordinance passed earlier this year. As a result of the... More >>
4 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:42:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Another way to get around town is entering Missouri's state capital. Uber began operating in Jefferson... More >>
4 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:28:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police said four people are in custody after one of them allegedly... More >>
5 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:53:52 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri public K-12 schools appear set to get roughly $48 million more in basic aid next... More >>
5 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:51:30 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – An expert from a group looking to eliminate all things nuclear spoke Tuesday to a crowd of mid-Missourians.... More >>
6 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:22:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is currently processing a claim of racial discrimination against the Boone County... More >>
7 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:02:00 PM CDT in News
FAYETTE - Fayette Resident Megan Monckton said she and her husband had plans to go flying with pilot Charles McCutcheon,... More >>
7 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:39:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – As the law currently stands, it is legal to discriminate against LGBTQ Missourians. House Bill 846,... More >>
7 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:30:00 PM CDT in News
FAYETTE – More than 100 people attended the second annual “Never Forget…Never Again” Holocaust Remembrance Day at Linn Memorial Church... More >>
8 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:03:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court said that a woman running a dog kennel can't sue dog advocacy... More >>
8 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:53:21 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two children were critically injured after a police chase ended in a crash near Lambert Airport... More >>
8 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:45:05 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Supreme Court of Missouri upheld the decision by a lower court regarding the sentence in a... More >>
9 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:00:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell to the state... More >>
10 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:21:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two children are critically injured after a police chase ended in a crash near Lambert Airport... More >>
11 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:14:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An advocacy group is pushing a bill that would increase the age of people tried in... More >>
11 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:56:54 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A student at Battle High School was taken into police custody on Monday after administrators reported finding drugs... More >>
13 hours ago April 25, 2017 Apr 25, 2017 Tuesday, April 25 2017 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 10:05:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
12am 68°
1am 67°
2am 66°
3am 65°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
12:37a
Last Call with Carson Daly
11:00p
Rules of Engagement
11:30p
Rules of Engagement
12:00a
Raising Hope

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
Great News
8:30p
Great News
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
iZombie
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld