ESEA FLEXIBILITY INFORMATION FROM STATE SUPERINTENDENT PATRICIA I. WRIGHT
July 24, 2012
Revised Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) Under the Provisions of Virginia’s Approved Application for U.S. Department of Education Flexibility from Certain Requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA)
The Based on the June 29, 2012, U.S. Department of Education approval of Virginia’s request for flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), (also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001), the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has established revised AMOs for federal accountability using the methodology described in Principle 2, Section 2.B, of the application (PDF). Under the provisions of Virginia’s approved ESEA flexibility plan, schools and divisions will be required to reduce failure rates in reading and mathematics over the next six years for all students, each proficiency gap group, and each individual subgroup* in order to meet federal accountability requirements. Additionally, high schools will need to meet the federal graduation indicator (FGI).
For reading, the AMO targets for this year were established for each group using test results from 2010-2011. Please note that the reading targets will be recalculated for 2013-2014 and for subsequent school years based on the results of the new reading assessments administered in 2012-2013. For mathematics, the AMO targets for each group were established using results from the administration of the new mathematics assessments in 2011-2012.
The revised AMO targets for reading and mathematics for the next six years and the methodology and data used to establish the revised AMOs are provided in the attachments to this communication.
Attachment: Methodology for Calculation Revised AMOs (PDF)