|About Test Results in West Virginia|
Although test results are only one measure of student achievement, they have become increasingly important in assessing student learning. In 2005-2006 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test (WESTEST) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading, math and science and in grades 3 through 8 in social studies. The WESTEST is a standards-based test that measures how well students are meeting the state's grade-level expectations.
How are the tests scored?
Which results are included on GreatSchools profiles?
Why do test results matter?
It is important to be aware of both your child's score on the assessments and the overall score for her school. If your child scores below the standards, contact the teacher to discuss getting additional assistance, and to find out how you can support your child's learning at home.
Test scores are important for schools in West Virginia because the state uses them to identify strengths as well as areas for improvement. If the school's overall scores are low, ask what steps the school is taking to raise achievement levels for all students, and what you can do to help.
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Source: WV Dept. of Education, 2005-2006