The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) affects every public K-12 school and district in the country. Key requirements of the law are: closing achievement gaps, holding schools accountable for all students and having a Highly Qualified teacher in every classroom.
The measurement used for ESEA are Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs). AMOs “sets the bar” for school performance by groups of students, and schools and districts can either clear the bar or miss it. Districts need to meet every single performance target set for them. Targets are set for student attendance, cohort graduation rates, and for student performance on the state standardized tests in reading and mathematics.
As part of the U.S. Department of Education flexibility waiver granted to North Carolina, AMOs for mathematics and reading have been recalculated for the 2012-13 school year. The AMOs are set individually for each subgroup with the goal of reducing by one-half the number of non-proficient students within six years. The AMOs are accessible at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/accountability/reporting/readytargettables13.pdf
Grade 10 reading targets are based on students scoring proficient on English II. Grade 10 mathematics targets are based on Math I (including “banked” scores, i.e., Math I scores for 10th graders who took Math I in any prior school year). Reading and mathematics targets for grade 10 were changed for the 2011-12 school year. Comparisons of current results to those prior to the recalculation years should be avoided as they will be inaccurate.
Districts work toward targets in each of those areas for the district’s performance as a whole and for the following student groups: white, black, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander, Two or More Races (when two or more race/ethnicities are selected with the exception of Hispanic, which overrides all other races/ethnicities), economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient, and students with disabilities.
For information about how students in this district measured on performance targets, click on the triangle symbol beneath the link for additional AMO information. By viewing these additional tables, you'll be able to see exactly how students in this district performed against the federal AMOs. Pay special attention to the number of performance targets achieved and how close students were to achieving those targets. The number of AMO targets that are missed and the distance from targets is very important information in understanding the performance of students in your district. There is a large difference between missing 3 AMO targets by 20 or more percentage points apiece and missing 3 AMO targets by less than 5 percentage points apiece.