Creativity and Innovation Can Pay Students

September 19, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) on Friday kicked off a logo contest for the new West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2). West Virginia public school students in grades 3 through 11 are eligible to enter the logo contest. The logo will be used on all WESTEST 2 materials including test booklets, manuals and reports.

To prepare students to succeed in the 21st century, the WVDE initiated the 21st Century Learning and Teaching program and has updated its Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs) to include rigor, relevance and 21st century skills such as critical thinking, innovation, creativity and problem solving.

Part of this system-wide change is a new assessment that is aligned to the rigorous 21st century CSOs. Through the work of West Virginia educators, including 250 teachers, as well as other state stakeholders, the new WESTEST 2 assessment will replace the original WESTEST given this past spring.

“We want to encourage all students to use 21st century skills such as creativity and critical thinking to design this logo,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “The logo should evoke a sense of academic success and innovation.”

Each grade level winner will receive a 21st century learning tool such as a digital camera. The overall winner also will receive a new laptop.  All entries must be submitted to the WVDE by Nov. 3, 2008. For more information about the contest rules, please click this link: Contest Rules

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