Research shows that as we use data from a broad array of assessments we better inform educators of various areas of growth and change. Therefore, educators are better prepared to meet school and student needs. Statewide consistency of purpose is our goal as we work towards school improvement and the improvement of student learning for all students. West Virginia, as a state, has always sought high standards through the state's accountability practices. Today, we look forward to meeting the standards of West Virginia's components for a balanced approach to 21st Century Assessment.