Voices Vol 41 No 2


SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS: Supervisors

ACCESS, NJSMART, and the AMAO

By Regina Postogna

Spring is in the air and it is the annual Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State (ACCESS for ELLs) test administration time. This year the process has been simplified because the testing labels were generated through the English language learner (ELL) student data that was uploaded to New Jersey Standards Measurement and Resource for Teaching (NJSMART) system.

The Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) appeal process for those districts that did not appear to make sufficient progress worked smoothly, data submitted on or before the January 31, 2012 deadline was reviewed and corrections to the records were made. Subsequently districts received formal noticed of their revised status regarding AMAO.

At the NJTESOL/NJBE Spring Conference the Supervisors’ SIG will present jointly with the Higher Education SIG to discuss the transition of ELL students from high school to colleges and universities.

An article appeared in the January 18, 2012 edition of the New York Times entitled “Why Bilinguals are Smarter.” As we prepare for the 2012-2013 school year and the topics of bilingual education, ESL, and world languages arise it is beneficial to produce research that supports the cognitive benefits to students of knowing more than one language.