Testing & Transparency

  • Required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015)

    Federal/State Required Assessments

    National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP)

    Subject(s) Assessed
    Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Writing in grades 4 and 8

    Purpose of the Assessment
    The NAEP informs the public about what American students know and can do in various subject areas and compares achievement among states, large urban districts, and various student groups.  The NAEP is a national assessment administered through a scientific sampling process which means that only a representative sample of selected students in selected schools take this assessment. 

    Requirement for the Assessment
    Federal:  Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015
    State:  West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, §18-2E-2, and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2340 West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

    Amount of Time to Complete the Assessment
    Total time is about 2 hours

    Scheduled Assessment Window
    Mathematics and Reading are assessed once every other year.  Science and Writing are generally administered once every four (4) years.  During the 2021-2021 the NAEP was actually postponed because of Covid-19. The four schools from Cabell County that were selected to participate did not test this school year.

    Time and Format for Dissemination of Results
    There will not be any scores to be released for NAEP this year because the assessment as postponed.

     

    West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA), Grades 3-8

    Subject(s) Assessed
    English language arts (ELA), and Mathematics in grades 3-8; Science in grades 5 and 8

    Purpose of the Assessment
    This assessment measures student performance on the state’s content standards.  The results give students, teachers, and families meaningful information on what students know and can do, and how well they are progressing toward college and career readiness.

    Requirement for the Assessment
    Federal:  Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015
    State:  West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, §18-2E-2, and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2340 West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

    Amount of Time to Complete the Assessment
    The WVGSA is an untimed test that takes approximately 2 hours for each content test session. The ELA test consists of two sessions, including one session that consists of an extended writing task.

    Scheduled Assessment Window
    The WVGSA is administered in the spring of each year. The state establishes a statewide testing window, and each district then determines a district-wide testing window and a testing schedule for each school within the district. For spring 2021, the statewide testing window is March 29 – June 4, 2021.

    Time and Format for Dissemination of Results
    Results begin appearing in the Online Reporting System on a rolling basis approximately two weeks after students have completed the assessment. District and school personnel can access these results and analyze data at the district and school level. Printed individual student reports are provided to districts and schools to send home to parents/guardians in August each year.

     

    West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA) – Classroom Benchmark Assessments (CBA)

    Subject(s) Assessed
    English language arts (ELA), and Mathematics in grades 3-8

    Purpose of the Assessment
    This assessment is administered at the beginning of the school year as a pre-test to measure what students know and are able to do in relation to the content standards at each grade level.  The results give students, teachers, and families meaningful information on students’ initial knowledge and skills level.  This information is used to plan instruction throughout the year to ensure that students make progress toward college and career readiness.

    Requirement for the Assessment
    Federal:  Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015
    State:  West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, §18-2E-2, and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2340 West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

    Amount of Time to Complete the Assessment
    The CBA is an untimed test that takes approximately 2 hours for each content test session. The ELA test consists of two sessions, including one session that consists of an extended writing task.

    Scheduled Assessment Window
    The CBA is administered in the fall of each year. The state establishes a statewide testing window, and each district then determines a district-wide testing window and a testing schedule for each school within the district. For the 2020-2021 school year, the statewide test window ran from Sept. 1, 2021 - April 22, 2022.

    Time and Format for Dissemination of Results
    Results begin appearing in the Online Reporting System on a rolling basis approximately two weeks after students have completed the assessment. District and school personnel can access these results and analyze data at the district and school level.

     

    SAT School Day with ESSAY

    Subject(s) Assessed
    Grade 11 students take the following test components:  Reading, Writing and Language, Math, Key Content Features (includes Science), and SAT Essay

    Purpose of the Assessment
    The SAT School Day is a nationally recognized college- and career-readiness assessment administered by the College Board and is accepted at colleges and universities throughout West Virginia and the nation for both college admissions and placement.  It also can be used to qualify for the Promise Scholarship.

    Requirement for the Assessment
    Federal:  Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015|
    State:  West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, §18-2E-2, and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2340 West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

    Amount of Time to Complete the Assessment
    Total time is 4  hours and 5 mins. is allotted for Reading, Writing, Language,  and Math and Key Content Features.

    Scheduled Assessment Window
    For fall 2021, districts selected one of two testing options.

    October 26, 2021
    No Make-up

    Spring 2022
    April 13, 2022
    Make-up April 26, 2022

    Special Education Tetsting
    April 13-26, 2022

    Time and Format for Dissemination of Results
    Student scores are available to students in College Board’s Electronic Reporting System approximately three weeks after the makeup date or Districts and schools have access to test results June 2022.  Printed individual student reports are provided to districts and schools to send home to parents/guardians in August each year.

     

    West Virginia Alternate Summative Assessment (WVASA), also known as the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Summative Assessment

    Subject(s) Assessed
    English and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11, and Science in grades 5, 8, and 11

    Purpose of the Assessment
    The WVASA is a summative measure of student academic performance based on the West Virginia Alternate Academic Achievement Standards administered in lieu of the WVGSA to students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 who have significant cognitive disabilities.

    Requirement for the Assessment
    Federal:  Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015||
    State:  West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, §18-2E-2, and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2340 West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

    Amount of Time to Complete the Assessment
    The WVASA is an untimed series of testlets averaging 3-5 minutes per testlet, with 7-9 testlets per subject area.

    Scheduled Assessment Window
    The Alternate Summative Assessment (WVGSA) is administered in the spring of each year. The state establishes a statewide testing window, and each district then determines a district-wide testing window and a testing schedule for each school within the district. For spring 2022, the statewide testing window is April 14 – May 6, 2022.

    Time and Format for Dissemination of Results
    DLM releases scores to the state in July.  Schools and teachers can access scores in August. Individual student reports are provided in August for parents/guardians.

     

    English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)

    Subject(s) Assessed
    4 Domains of English Language Proficiency – Speaking, Listening, Writing, and Reading in grades K-12

    Purpose of the Assessment
    The ELPA 21 is a summative English Language Proficiency assessment to measure identified domains of English proficiency for students identified as English Learners in grades K-12.

    Requirement for the Assessment
    Federal:  Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015
    State:  West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, §18-2E-2, and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2340 West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

    Amount of Time to Complete the Assessment
    ELPA21 is an untimed assessment and approximate test time for all 4 domains varies by grade levels as follows:  grades K-1 about 69 minutes; grades 2-3 about 63 minutes; grades 4-5 about 91 minutes; grades 6-8 about 128 minutes; and grades 9-12 about 155 minutes

    Scheduled Assessment Window
    The ESPA21 is administered in the spring of each year. The state establishes a statewide testing window, and each district then determines a district-wide testing window and a testing schedule for each school within the district. For spring 2022, the statewide testing window is February 8, 2022 – March 18, 2022.

    Time and Format for Dissemination of Results
    Individual Student Results will be available to the district by June 2021.  The district will print the reports and provide them to parents between June 1st and the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

     

    County Required Assessments

    Diagnositics-iReady (K-8)
    Growth Monitor-iReady/DIBELs (K-5)
    DIBELS K-1 only (K-1)

    Subject(s) Assessed
    iReady ELA & Math K-8
    Growth Monitor iReady/DIBELS
    DIBELS Reading K-1

    Purpose of the Assessment
    To measure student progress toward mastery of grade level standards and guide instruction that meets the needs of all students. 

    Requirement for the Assessment
    Federal: Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015
    State: West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, §18-2E-2, and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2340 West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

    Amount of Time to Complete the Assessment
    iReady-untimed
    DIBELS-1 minute fluency

    Scheduled Assessment Window
    Benchmark  iReady and DIBELS #1-8/18/2021-9/3/2021
    Benchmark iReady abd DIBELS #2-12/1/2021-12/22/2021
    Benchmark iReady and DIBELS #3-5/1/2021-5/23
    Growth Monitor iReady/DIBELS 9/20/2021; 10/11/2021; 11/1/2021; 1/10/2022; 1/31/2022; 2/21/2022; 3/14/2022;  & 4/11/2022

    Time and Format for Dissemination of Results
    Parents notified by classroom teacher as to results and progress, and interventions provided by school.

     

    PSAT-9th & 10th grade only
    NMSQT-11th grade only

    Subject(s) Assessed
    Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Writing

    Purpose of the Assessment
    The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships. More than 3.4 million high school students (mostly juniors and sophomores) take this nationwide, multiple-choice test every year. 

    Requirement for the Assessment  
    Federal: Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015
    State: West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, §18-2E-2, and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2340 West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

    Amount of Time to Complete the Assessment
    PSAT8/9 & 10-2hrs and 25 mins
    PSAT 11/NMSQT-2hrs and 45 mins

    Scheduled Assessment Window
    PSAT-9th grade 10/ 26/2021 (Make-up undetermined)
    9th & 10th grade 4/13/2021
    NMSQT-11th grade only 10/26/2021 (Make-up undetermined)

    Time and Format for Dissemination of Results
    Student scores are available to students in College Board’s Electronic Reporting System approximately three weeks after the makeup date

     
    ** Cablell County strongly suggests the use of the WV Interim Assessments (IMAs) Grades 3-11) provided in Math, ELA and Science to allow teachers to gage student mastery on specific standards and skills, and provided targeted instruction. These IMAs are used throughout the school year, in accordance with instruction. Results are used to guide instruction in the classroom.

     
    Golden Horseshoe 8th grade only

    Subject(s) Assessed
    WV History

    Purpose of the Assessment
    The primary goal of the program is to promote pride in our state, develop intellectual and participatory skills as well as foster attitudes that are necessary for students to participate as effective, involved, and responsible citizens. The State Department of Education, in effect, uses the Golden Horseshoe award to honor "all-state" West Virginia Studies students

    Requirement for the Assessment
    Federal: Public Law 114-95, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015
    State: West Virginia Constitution, Article XII, §18-2E-2, and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2340 West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

    Amount of Time to Complete the Assessment
    45 mins

    Scheduled Assessment Window
    Essay 2/10/2022
    Online 2/16/2022

    Time and Format for Dissemination of Results
    No results are given.  WVDE only notifies winners typically in May.

     

     

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