State releases results of proficiency gap testing

November 5, 2013

By Staff

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn released results Oct. 9 for this year’s Annual Measurable Objectives, which target reading and math goals for subgroups of public school students throughout Washington.

The AMOs are part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver reissued to the state Aug. 15. They are derived through calculating proficiency gaps for all students and 10 subgroups, such as African-American, Hispanic and special education students.

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 in half for all students and subgroups by 2017. The AMO results reported Oct. 9 represent the second step toward the goal, as 2012 was the first year AMO data was collected.

“The 2017 targets are realistic expectations for schools and subgroups, but they aren’t the end goals,” Dorn said in a press release. “It’s important that all students reach their full potential and we will not stop working to ensure that happens.”

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