No Child Left Behind Act Update …
In June 2012, the U.S. Department of Education granted Virginia waivers from certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB).
Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for Identifying Low-Performing Schools
Under the flexibility waivers granted by U,S. Department of Education, Virginia established annual measurable objectives (AMOs) in reading and mathematics for reducing proficiency gaps between students in the Commonwealth’s lowest-performing and highest-performing schools. These objectives replaced the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets schools were previously required to meet under the federal education law.
The AMOs represent the percentage of students within each subgroup in the lowest-performing schools that must pass the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in reading and mathematics in order to reduce – by half – the gaps separating these students from their peers in the highest-performing schools within six years. The federal accountability determination starting points were based on the 2010-2011 reading assessments and the 2011-2012 mathematics assessments.
Revised AMOs culminate with all students and student subgroups achieving pass rates of at least 78 percent in reading and 73 percent in mathematics by 2016-2017. The methodology set ambitious but achievable goals that require greater rates of annual progress for subgroups that are further behind.
On March 31, 2015, Virginia’s flexibility waiver to the NCLB requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) was extended through the end of the 2018-2019 school year. In approving this extension, the U.S. Department of Education agreed to a change in how the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) measures and reports student growth. Beginning in 2015-16, VDOE will move from a relative growth measure to a measure that compares a student’s performance to his or her own past level of achievement.
For more information regarding Title I programs in Suffolk Public Schools, contact the Department of Instructional services at (757) 925-6759.