Tools for using this data
These strategies will help you lead a data analysis discussion.
School Progress on the AMO Targets
The School Progress data identifies whether all students and the ten subgroups met or did not meet the achievement, attendance and graduation rate AMOs and is presented in a table that looks the same as the former AYP Status table. However, AYP is no longer used in Maryland for accountability. Though the data are not used for accountability, they are important data for schools to improve student achievement.
The AMOs used to identify whether all students and the ten subgroups met the target have been changed to reflect new baseline data, a new target year (2017) and a different end goal. The new goal is for each school to reduce by 50% the students not achieving proficiency by the year 2017.
Student progress in reading and math is measured by the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) or—for a small number of students with profound disabilities—the Alternate MSA (ALT-MSA) for all K-8 students and by the High School Assessments (HSA) for all 9-12 students.
Maryland’s new accountability system is called the School Performance Index (SPI) and takes into account additional indicators of progress. Growth, Gap Reduction, and College and Career Readiness in addition to Achievement give a more accurate picture of a school's performance and progress then the former set of AYP achievement indicators.