State WESTEST2 Scores Improve

Posted: August 16, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia parents have another reason to be proud of their children. West Virginia Educational Standards Test (WESTEST2) scores are in, and there is good news!

Results on the 2010 WESTEST2 show improvement in math and reading/language arts. Of the 694 schools accountable under No Child Left Behind, 538 or 81 percent made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).  The number of students who reached proficiency levels increased in nearly all grade levels in both math and reading. All West Virginia students in grades 3-11 are required to take the WESTEST2, an assessment that measures student achievement of the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives (CSO).

“What we value in West Virginia is constant improvement in student achievement and learning,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “These results reinforce that the decisions we’ve made to assure our students are college and career ready when they graduate from high school are paying off. I am cautiously optimistic that our students will begin to show increases on national assessments like NAEP as well.”
As part of Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it., the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) updated its CSOs to include rigor, relevance and 21st century performance skills.  Traditional subjects, including math, science, English, social studies and foreign languages, remain at the core of Global21. But the foundation is strengthened with the addition of performance skills, including critical thinking and problem solving.
The next step of the Global21 journey was to align the WESTEST with the more in-depth curriculum. The updated WESTEST2 was unveiled in 2009. This year the WVDE updated its scoring system. WESTEST2’s new scoring system is reflective of a more rigorous curriculum.
“We have redefined mastery to better reflect the rigorous schoolwork needed to succeed in a global economy,” Paine said. “We’ve done this by requiring students to show greater comprehension of what they are taught in school. That means students need to score higher on the WESTEST2 to be considered to have mastered the material. For example, on the math section, third graders needed to score 557 points to achieve mastery in 2009. In 2010, they needed to score 581 points to achieve mastery.”
West Virginia’s education system relies on parents to support learning that occurs in the classroom on a daily basis. The WVDE has developed a parent website to provide resources that can be used at home to help with this more rigorous schoolwork. The website can be found at http://wvde.state.wv.us/parents21. Additional WESTEST2 data can be found by visiting http://wveis.k12.wv.us/nclb/public10/nclbmenu.cfm, or by contacting the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.

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