The U.S. Department of Education has granted Wyoming a one-year freeze on Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs).
The Wyoming Department of Education made the request in July because the AMOs for the 2013-2014 school year were going to require that every student in the state score proficient or advanced on state tests in every subject. The freeze allows AMOs to stay at the 2012-2013 school year levels for one more year.
Dr. David Holbrook, the Director of Federal Programs, says the AMO freeze will help take some pressure off Wyoming schools, “I believe it will be beneficial to schools and districts because it will allow them to focus their time and resources on addressing the needs within their schools and districts rather than worrying about these escalating AMO targets and the reporting and funding restrictions that would go along with it.”
The state education department has made a request for a flexibility waiver from No Child Left Behind, which would allow a reset of AMO targets.