EXPLORE is one component of the West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress (WV-MAP). All students enrolled in grade 8 take EXPLORE except those who participate in the Alternative Performance Task Assessment (APTA) (WVBE Policy 2340: West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress, §4.5 Program Regulations).
EXPLORE is a curriculum-based assessment designed to provide students with an understanding of their readiness for college or the workplace in the context of the post-high school educational and career options they are considering. The results from EXPLORE can be used to help students identify their academic strengths and weaknesses as they make decisions for high school and beyond.
The EXPLORE program contains academic tests in four curricular areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. Additionally, EXPLORE, as does PLAN for 10th graders, includes a career interest inventory, needs assessment, and plans and background information. The EXPLORE tests are linked to PLAN and the ACT. EXPLORE and PLAN are on appropriately the same score scale to allow comparison of students’ scores on the two assessments. The EXPLORE results can be used to predict performance on PLAN.