How Do you Meet AYP?
In general your school must meet the following:
- Student performance on state reading assessment is not significantly less than the state set Annual Measurable Objective (AMO).
- Student performance on the state math assessment is not significantly less than the state set Annual Measurable Objective (AMO).
- Student participation on the state reading assessment is at least 95%.
- Student participation on the state math assessment is at least 95%.
- Graduation rate is at least 85.5%. *
* USDE approved a lower attendance rate of 90% to compensate for H1N1 for the '09-'10 school year only.
What state assessments are used for AYP?
The English and Algebra/Data Analysis High School Assessments (HSA) are used for all students tested.
What do the state assessments measure?
HSA measures the Maryland Core Learning Goals for Algebra/Data Analysis and English. You can view these core learning goals at What do the assessments test?
How did Maryland determine what was proficient performance?
A large number of educators and stakeholders were involved in setting standards through a structured process described by Gary Heath, Former Assistant Superintendent of Planning, Results, and Information Management in these audio - visual presentations.
A large number of educators and stakeholders were involved in setting standards through a structured process. Gary Heath, Former Assistant Superintendent of Planning, Results, and Information Management describes
Why did we need to set new standards?
What was the standards setting process?
Who participated in the standards setting process?
How did the process work?
Who reviewed the work?
Who approved the standards?
in these audio - visual presentations.
Which students are counted in your AYP results?
No students are exempt from taking HSA. However, some students may not count toward your results. All students enrolled for a full academic year (from September 30 through testing or, for Algebra/Data Analysis,and English 2 through the duration of the course) count for school, system, and state AYP. Students moving among schools in the same system count for system and state AYP. Students moving among systems count for state AYP.
If your school has more than one tested grade, then your score reflects the weighted average of the tested grades. That is to say, the score has been weighted according to the number of students in each grade in your school.
AMO’s or Annual Measurable Objectives are state established performance targets that assess the progress of student subgroups, schools, school districts, and the state annually. Your 2008 Annual Measurable Objectives or AMOs are 59% for English, 69.1% for mathematics, and 85.5% for graduation.
This annual measurement ensures that schools are on track to meet the NCLB goal of having 100% of the students achieve proficiency in reading/language arts and mathematics by the end of the school year in 2013-2014. Between the 2002-2003 baseline and the 2013-2014 goal of 100% proficiency, the state established annual performance targets. These targets, or annual measurable objectives, are set for reading, mathematics, attendance and graduation rate. Every school and school system is held to the same annual measurable objectives, although those objectives are adjusted to each school’s grade-level enrollment and structure (e.g., 9-12, K-12, 8-12, 10-12, etc.).
How are AMO’s calculated?
Annual measurable objectives are determined separately for reading and mathematics at each grade level using baseline data at the state level. Each measure (reading and mathematics) has a single value for each grade that is the same for all schools. However, the annual measurable objectives for each school are computed by averaging the grade specific annual measurable objectives across the grades assessed in that school. The averages are unweighted.
Graduation rate annual objective is determined for the specific grade structures of schools with grade 12. Currently there are two sets of schools: typical high schools with grades 9-12 and technical high schools with grades 11 and 12.
How do AMO’s change over time?
Why does the state apply a confidence interval to the AMO?
The state uses a statistical test based on the confidence interval to determine if the AYP target was met. The state has identified the annual target for all schools, districts, and the state. However, the numbers of students differ greatly among subgroups and from school to school. The more students in a group, the more valid the score. Therefore, in order to make a statistically valid decision that is fair for all groups, the state has applied a statistical test to address the following question, "Is the school's performance significantly below the AYP target?" The confidence interval ensures that the state has used sound statistical procedures to make decisions.
Group Size — = AMO of 52.2%
Group Size — = AMO of 38.6%