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  February 24, 2010


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

     The results of WESTEST 2 are entered in the appropriate boxes for the appropriate year as a scale score (SS), a performance level (PL), for reading - the Lexile score and for math - the Quantile score. This information is on the student's WESTEST 2 report. There is a column for other results such as the WV Writing Assessment or the ACT assessment. If more room is needed, the results may be reported in the Present Levels narrative.

IEP Assessment page

      The most current formative assessments may be Acuity benchmarks or custom-made tests, learning-styles inventories, rubrics, rating scales, and other performance-based assessments. This is not an all inclusive list. For gifted students, above-grade level assessment is needed in order to justify acceleration.

     Although rubrics are available that measure separate components of higher order thinking, some gifted education teachers in West Virginia saw the need for a holistic rubric to assess gifted students' work and behavior that may be used as benchmark or formative data to describe present levels of academic achievement and functional performance in developing annual goals for an IEP in WV. The result of much study and writing is our Learning Skills/Behavior Rubric. This may be used as a pre-post assessment and/or a self-assessment by the student.

Learning Skills/Behavior Rubric - Word

Learning Skills/Behavior Rubric - PDF

Additional Resources

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
Gifted education teachers in West Virginia receive this newsletter bi-weekly from the West Virginia Department of Education. To change your e-mail address or update your information, please email Vickie Mohnacky at or call (304) 558-2696.