What are the AMO Targets?

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Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) are state established performance targets that assess the progress of student subgroups, schools, and each LEA.

In order to calculate AMOs for any indicator, the following variables must first be established:

Baseline Year The year serving as the starting point for calculating AMOs
Target Year The year by which each school is expected to reduce by half its percent of students that are not meeting the measure
Goal The expected percentage of students meeting the measure
Overall Needed Reduction The total reduction of students not meeting the measure needed to achieve the goal
Step 1. Determine the difference between the baseline and target year. Divide the difference by 2, for a reduction by half. This results in the Overall Needed Reduction to the Target Year.
Overall Needed
= Goal − Baseline Year Measure
Step 2. Divide the Overall Needed Reduction by the number of years between the baseline Year and the Target Year to calculate the Needed Gain Per Year
Needed Gain Per Year = Overall Needed Reduction
Number of years between baseline year and target year
Step 3. Add the Baseline Year and the Needed Gain per Year to determine the AMO for Year 1.
AMO Year 1 = Baseline Year Measure + Needed Gain per Year
Step 4. Add the Needed Gain Per Year to the AMO for Year 1 to determine the AMO for Year 2. Repeat Step 4 until AMOs are calculated for each year between the Baseline Year and the Target Year.

NOTE: When a baseline is established after 2010-2011 the performance goals are calculated 6 years out from the baseline and the graduation goals are calculated 9 years out. New schools and subgroups are assigned either the Local Education Agency (LEA) level AMO or State level AMO (lowest of the two) for their 1st year baseline.


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