About the West Virginia Growth Model

West Virginia is committed to developing a means to understand how individual students perform and grow academically over time. To this end, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) contracted with Dr. Damian Betebenner of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA) to develop the West Virginia Growth Model.

The West Virginia Growth Model supplements the current status model approach and allows for a much broader understanding of educational achievement by answering two key questions:

  1. How much academic growth has occurred for students over time?
  2. Is that amount of growth enough for students to achieve mastery of the standards within a reasonable period of time?

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