Illinois Record of Service
Illinois Adopts New AMAO Targets
To meet federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, Illinois needs to have
new annual measurable achievement objective (AMAO) targets for ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners)
assessment cut scores in place by June 30, 2010. To gather input and consensus from stakeholders
across Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requested assistance in holding a stakeholder engagement meeting similar to one on English language learner exit criteria supported by the Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center in May 2009. In 2009, Great Lakes West assisted with the planning and facilitation of a meeting to enable ISBE staff to focus on the content and participation with stakeholders. Adopting AMAO targets was an extension of the previous ELL exit criteria work and provided further opportunities for ISBE staff to engage stakeholders.
The AMAO stakeholder engagement meeting took place on April 8, 2010, in Naperville, Illinois. Great Lakes West provided planning and facilitation to support ISBE. The purpose of the meeting was to share with stakeholders the analysis that informed recommendations, explore issues that could impact field use and interpretation factors, and gain consensus before officially adopting the new targets. ISBE shared background information and requirements from the U.S. Department of Education, provided a brief history of the development of AMAO targets to date, and shared the data analysis process used to develop draft recommendations. Stakeholders and ISBE then engaged in a conversation about possible issues related to interpretation and implementation in the field. As a result of the meeting, ISBE will adopt new AMAO targets based on the recommendations of the Division of English Language Learners, which were presented and discussed at the stakeholder engagement meeting.
Illinois Pacesetter Team and Statewide Systems of Support
In July 2009, an Illinois team became involved with the work of the Center on Innovation & Improvement’s Academy of Pacesetting States to refine the statewide system of support (SSOS) plan. The Illinois Pacesetter Team has expanded from the five-member team of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) staff identified for the Center on Innovation & Improvement’s Academy of Pacesetting States Summer Session in 2009 to include 12 members from across ISBE divisions. The expanded cross-divisional team includes representatives from curriculum and instruction, English language learners, career and technical education, special education, innovation and improvement, and the office of the superintendent. ISBE and the Pacesetter Team are committed to improving the services provided to all schools and to devoting sufficient resources and attention to make a high-quality statewide system of support a reality.
The Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center and the Center on Innovation & Improvement continue to support the Illinois Pacesetter Team as they engage in weekly planning discussions and participate in monthly distance learning opportunities with other pacesetter states—Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, and Virginia. The March distance learning session focused on qualities of an effective evaluation when examining the outcomes of an SSOS and featured Steve Ross, Ph.D., professor and senior research scientist, Johns Hopkins University.