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Department of Education Selects Developer for New Assessment Program

February 11, 2002

The West Virginia Department of Education announces that CTB/McGraw-Hill has been selected as the developer of the new statewide assessment program that will be implemented during the 2003-2004 school year. A national Request for Proposal (RFP) was released on August 21, 2001 and after a thorough review of the bids by West Virginia educators, the contract was awarded to CTB/McGraw-Hill.  

The RFP called for the vendor to develop tests of West Virginia’s content standards for reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies in grades three through eight and end-of-course exams in grades nine through 12. The contract requested items for a test bank in reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies to assist teachers in the instructional process from kindergarten to 12th grade. Twenty percent of the criterion referenced test items will be released annually to the public.  

In addition to the tests to be developed by CTB/McGraw Hill, the West Virginia Statewide Assessment Program will contract with the American College Test (ACT) to administer two educational programs that will help better prepare students for college or the workforce. EXPLORE, a plan to ready students at the eighth grade level for their high school coursework and also for their post-high school choices, will be administered to eighth graders; and PLAN, a predictor of success on the ACT Assessment, will be provided students at the 10th grade level. The West Virginia Department of Education will continue to work with our educators develop and administer a writing assessment in grades four, seven and 10 and an alternate assessment for students with severe disabilities from kindergarten to 21 years of age.  

The West Virginia Department of Education will continue to administer the Stanford Achievement Test, Ninth Edition (SAT-9) as the assessment of academic progress of West Virginia students in grades one through 11 through the 2002-2003 school year.  

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