West Virginia has a leadership role in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. This state-led group works collaboratively to develop next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness.
The Consortium's projects are funded through a four-year, $175 million grant (awarded in 2010) from the U.S. Department of Education, comprising 99 percent of activity resources, with the remaining support provided through generous contributions of charitable foundations.
The Common Core State Standards were adopted by West Virginia in 2011 as the West Virginia's Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for mathematics and English language arts. West Virginia educators incorporated the common core standards into West Virginia's Next Generation standards making the way teachers teach more focused and flexible while making the way students learn more engaging and personalized.
These standards will be fully implemented in grades 3-12 for the 2014-15 academic year.