Daphne Hensley, R-1 district ELL coordinator, and Brad Hanson, assistant superintendent, reported statewide results from standardized tests given last spring. Of the 75 districts with a large enough ELL population to test separately, only five met all the requirements under Title 3 assessment procedures.
Monett students showed what Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann characterized as "trmendous improvement" in their test scores. Consequently, Monett was one of the top five districts in the state for ELL performance, one of only two in southwest Missouri to meet the targeted standards, the other being Cassville. The other districts were Wentzville, Wright City and Ladue.
Hanson said the other schools meeting the requirement have small ELL populations, even if the districts are large. Cassville has around 80 students, whereas Monett tests between 300 and 400 students.
Title 3 tests students on three Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO), using the Access test. Students are assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as oral language literacy and comprehension. Tests measure the percentage of students moving from one level of proficiency to the next, those reaching the top level of performance, and those meeting the state standard for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
Monett students met all three standards, doing extremely well in reaching top proficiency. The AYP goal was reached for the first time in four years because of significant increases in scores during the past year.
"Meeting each of our AMAO expectations this past year is a tremendous accomplishment," Hanson said. "The work to facilitate the learning process for our ELL students is a combined effort between our ELL teachers and the regular classroom teachers at each grade level."
Hensley told board members Monett tries to integrate instruction, rather than the typical method of pulling ELL students out. ELL teachers collaborate with general teachers on strategies, co-teaching and small group instruction.