Dorn Releases 2013 AMO Results
OLYMPIA — October 9, 2013 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn released results for the 2013 Annual Measurable Objectives for Washington state’s schools today. The AMOs are part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver reissued to the state on August 15.
AMOs are unique yearly targets in reading and mathematics for each subgroup, school and district in the state. They are derived by calculating “proficiency gaps” for all students and for 10 subgroups of students (for example, black or Hispanic students, or students receiving special education services). A proficiency gap is the percentage-point difference between a group’s level of proficiency in the baseline year of 2011 and 100 percent.
Washington’s ESEA waiver requires the state to cut proficiency gaps for all students, and all subgroups, in half by 2017. The AMO results reported today represent the second incremental step on the path to that goal. Last year was the first time AMOs were reported.
To protect student privacy, only subgroups that have at least 20 students are reported.
“The 2017 targets are realistic expectations for schools and subgroups, but they aren’t the end goals,” said Dorn. “It’s important that all students reach their full potential and we will not stop working to ensure that happens.”
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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