Research shows that as we use data from a broad array of assessments we better inform educators of various areas of growth and change. Therefore, educators are better prepared to meet school and student needs. Statewide consistency of purpose is our goal as we work towards school improvement and the improvement of student learning for all students. West Virginia, as a state, has always sought high standards through the state's accountability practices. Today, we look forward to meeting the standards of West Virginia's components for a balanced approach to 21st Century Assessment.
West Virginia is a governing state within Smarter Balanced, a multi-state assessment consortium, awarded a USED grant to design a next generation assessment aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics. The first administration of this assessment will occur in the spring of the 2014-2015 school year.
For more information regarding Smarter Balanced Assessments go to http://www.smarterbalanced.org/