Students Pen Poem About WESTEST2

May 12, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2) will be on the minds of students across the state beginning next week.
The WESTEST2, given each May, measures how well students have mastered subjects they have been taught in class, including reading and language arts, math, social studies and science. The test reflects recent efforts to raise the rigor of West Virginia’s curriculum and incorporate 21st century learning. Testing is scheduled for May 16 through May 20 with a make-up week, May 23 through May 27.
On Wednesday, during the monthly state Board of Education meeting, students from Kimball Elementary School in McDowell County showed how they are taking the test seriously. They have written a poem about preparing for the upcoming test. Students presented their creation, titled “Twas the Week Before WESTEST.”
The poem, with lines such as “The SMART boards were hung on the walls with great care, knowing West Virginia Standards would all be up there,” illustrates the school’s use of current 21st century learning initiatives, implementation of trends in Global21 and an overall excitement for learning. 
West Virginia’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” allows students to enhance their creativity through problem-solving, critical-thinking, technology literacy, and other performance skills.
“The creativity demonstrated by these students from Kimball Elementary lifts my spirit,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “Today’s competitive global economy demands imaginative, resilient thinkers who can design and produce new ideas. They are well on their way.”
Parents can help their children give their best performance on the WESTEST2 by ensuring they get at least 8 hours of sleep, providing a healthy breakfast or making sure they get to school early enough to participate in the school breakfast program, and scheduling appointments at another time so that children are able to remain at school each day during testing.
“Students will do their best when they come to school with a well-rested, clear, bright mind,” Marple said. “There are some children who may worry about the test. But a well-rested child will be one who most likely will be able to overcome test anxiety.”
A video of the students’ performance can be viewed here:
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--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.

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