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Website Offers Educators Assistance with WESTEST

April 25, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Beginning June 1, 2003, teachers will have online access to help them prepare for West Virginia’s new statewide test, WESTEST. Through a cooperative effort with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the CTB/McGraw-Hill, an informal test bank will be aligned with the test and the state’s Content Standards and Objectives.  

The “I Know” site, found on the WVDE’s Office Student Assessment website, will contain state-developed model pre-tests, teacher-developed pre-post tests, as well as professional development and support for new teachers.  

“The test bank will provide teachers a vast amount of information to help better prepare their students for the WESTEST,” said State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart.  

The website has multiple key features. It will allow tests to be created and stored on the site for future uses and model tests can be shared within the schools. Another key feature is that tests and test keys can be created and printed clearly from the website. These model tests will allow educators to identify deficiencies and target individual re-teaching.  

West Virginia will move to the curriculum-based testing program during the 2003-2004 school year.  

To learn more about the “I Know” website, please visit the following link http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2003/westest.ppt

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