The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires “annual measurable objective” (AMO—previously Adequate Yearly Progress) determinations in mathematics and reading for each public school in the state.
ESEA further requires that states establish a minimum subgroup size of students assessed to ensure that reliable AMO determinations are made. For the proficiency determinations, students must be continuously enrolled from October 1, through the assessment period. In accordance with ESEA, AMO determinations must be made in all schools, even if they have fewer than 30 students in the “all students” group.
The state’s Accountability Plan reads: “Any school and district that would not be held accountable using the AMO definition (i.e., N of 0–19) will be held accountable through the approval of their School Improvement Plan by the local school board pursuant to WAC 180-16-220 and an annual review by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to determine goal attainment.” This requirement also applies to schools with no population tested on the statewide assessment.
The requirement to submit a School Improvement Plan to OSPI applies only to schools that have less than 30 continuously enrolled students in the “all students” reading and math proficiency categories or for schools that do not have MSP/HSPE-tested grades. Submission of the School Improvement Plan for review is a component of our federally-approved state accountability plan.
Bulletin No. 082–11 provides further details about this process.
For more information, please contact the Title I/LAP office at (360) 725-6100.