There has been much talk in the media regarding the Alaska Measures of Progress test results being released to the public last week. I wanted to share with you what I know about individual test results so you know what to expect when scores arrive in the mail and additional information about the test. Please see below. (Note: If you have a senior this year, the AMP test does not apply to your student so you may disregard this message.)
The AMP Test was administered for the first time in the spring 2015 to students in Grades 3-10. The AMP measures students performance in the Alaska English language arts and mathematics standards. The State of Alaska spent the summer and fall setting cut scores and approving scores for the state, districts and schools.
At this time, districts and schools are beginning the score reporting process with the preliminary work of interpreting and understanding AMP results. In the next several weeks, districts will receive paper copies of AMP results to provide to parents. Depending on receipt and distribution schedules of the paper copies, parents will receive an ELA and Math score report sometime in December.
For both math and English language arts, each student will receive an overall score as well as a Level on an AMP Meter (graphic). The Level represents one of the four achievements levels. Students performance at Levels 1 and 2 partially meet standards. Students at Levels 3 and 4 meet standards. The students report also shows relative areas of strength that describe students performance in ELA and Math claims. Refer to the Interpretive Guide for the AMP Assessment Results 2015, available at the link below on the ASD website, for detailed information on AMP score reports.
Please remember, AMP is not a pass/fail test. AMP is a new assessment that tests new standards, so a new baseline to guide decision-making and support students on their path to success is expected. Alaska increased the rigor of it’s standards and assessments so that our students are academically ready for jobs, career trainings and college. Anchorage School District and South Anchorage High School maintain high learning expectations for all students and is committed to preparing students for college and career and success in life.
If you have questions regarding your student’s AMP score when it arrives please do not hesitate to contact the SAHS Curriculum Office at 742-6257 and we would be happy to assist you.
Dr. Kersten Johnson-Struempler
ASD Weblink for AMP information: http://www.asdk12.org/ae/amp/