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Acuity For Schools

Acuity is a web-based platform that provides schools with assessment, feedback, scoring and reporting. Acuity provides interim and formative assessments designed to inform teaching and improve student learning.

ACUITY NEW USER INTERFACE: This summer, CTB will be changing the way Acuity looks and navigates. The interface will be changed for both student and educator/administrator. During the summer and early fall, training on using the new interface will be provided by WVDE and CTB. Updates will be provided as they become available. Progress on the new administrator interface can be previewed by using the link here.

ACUITY BENCHMARK ASSESSMENTS are instructional benchmarks designed to assess student progress over the course of the school year. These benchmark assessments are designed for students in grades 3 - 11 and are intended to provide a "snapshot" of student progress as it relates to acquisition of selected 21st century CSOs. This snapshot can be utilized by teachers to guide instructional design and interventions. The objectives assessed in each benchmark were chosen from several county curriculum maps and from the input provided by West Virginia teachers.

The benchmark assessments are designed to be administered in the content areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, science and social studies. All assessments are based on the West Virginia 21st century CSOs. The assessments allow educators to target instruction in all four content areas by providing important data on student performance relative to state standards. Acuity reports are available on the district, school, classroom, and student level. Teachers have access to the student results immediately after students complete the assessment, and students can be given access after the testing window ends.

Below are suggested dates for the 2013-2014 WVDE Acuity Benchmark Assessments. All 2013 benchmark assessments will be shared with District Administrators by August 30. This will allow school districts flexibility to align assessment windows with their academic schedules.

The 2013-2014 WVDE suggested dates for Acuity benchmark testing are as follows (five-week window per benchmark):

  • Benchmark 1:     October 14, 2013 November 15, 2013
  • Benchmark 2:     January 6, 2014 February 7, 2014
  • Benchmark 3:     March 24, 2014 April 25, 2014
For additional information or a suggested block-scheduling window, contact Rob Surface, Acuity Technology Coordinator,, (304) 558-2546.

ACUITY INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES are available to help prepare students for classroom, benchmark and summative assessments as well as to assist in instructing those students who need additional support for certain skill sets with the CSOs. These step-by-step resources guide students through a mini-lesson targeted to a variety of skill sets.

ACUITY CUSTOM ITEMS are available through the Acuity web-based program. Acuity custom items are aligned to the West Virginia 21st century CSOs.

Acuity Multi-District Reports Page (state averages by CSO)

Acuity Frequently Asked Questions (faq) Page

Acuity Sample Questions Page

Current Status of Acuity:

How do I access Acuity? (Local Servers)

An important improvement in Acuity over the old iKnow platform is the addition of appliance servers. These servers were installed inside the West Virginia statewide intranet to increase the speed and availability of Acuity. Servers were installed in districts with large student populations and fast county-wide networks (WANs). Servers were also installed in the two point of presence (POP) locations. To connect to your local Acuity server, please choose your district from the list below and click Connect..

NOTE: Your local Acuity server is not accessible from ouside of the West Virginia school network. If you would like to connect to Acuity from home or from anywhere outside of the state-wide intranet, you can connect to the Acuity at Home site.

Subscribe to the new Acuity listserv:

Send an e-mail to with the following line in the body of the note:

Subscribe K12-Acuity-L First_Name Last_Name

(example: subscribe k12-acuity-L Charlie Brown)

Remember to leave the subject blank and to remove signature information from the body of the message.

For more information contact Sandra L. Foster, Lead Coordinator, at (304) 558-2546.

Additional Acuity resources can be located in the Acuity portion of the File Cabinet.