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Understanding the WESTEST
Educators in West Virginia are using an assessment called the West Virginia Educational Standards Test (WESTEST 2) that is based on the learning objectives laid out in the 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives (CSO’s). The tests measure a student’s level of performance on acquiring the skills and knowledge laid out in the Content Standards and Objectives. The assessments are utilized for a variety of measures beyond individual student proficiency. Through the assessment, areas where there is a need for increased instructional support can be determined and school’s progress at educating all children to proficiency levels can be seen.
Format of the WESTEST
For students in grades 3-11, the West Virginia Educational Standards Test (WESTEST 2) is administered in all four of the academic content areas: Mathematics, Reading/Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. The tests are given in a multiple-choice and gridded-response format and there is an essay portion in the WESTEST 2 Online Writing Assessment. (On this test, students may hand draft their essay but they are required to submit it electronically, unless stated otherwise in a student’s IEP.)
For the Reading/Language Arts Assessment reading passages were designed and questions about them are written to progress towards higher depths of knowledge. There are 45 items on the test; there are two reading passages that the questions are based on. The Mathematics Assessment has 45 questions also; 43 multiple-choice and 2 gridded response items. This test also provides graphic organizers for the students to use.
The Science Assessment has 45 questions, 43 multiple-choice and 2 gridded response with two graphic organizers to assist the student. The Social Studies Assessment also has 45 questions, one of which is a Document Based Question (DBQ). This consists of 4-8 documents with 6-8 multiple-choice questions about the documents. There are two graphic organizers for use to students on this test.
Taking the WESTEST
Students are given scores in more than one format. There is the scaled score, the scale of possible scores being specific to each assessment. The scaled scores then correlate to achievement levels students have achieved with the content. The five possible levels of Achievement on any of the assessments are Distinguished, Above Mastery, Mastery, Partial Mastery and Novice. Students scoring in the lowest two achievement levels will require remediation of some sort to help them attain proficiency in the subject. Students are expected to achieve at the Mastery level as a requirement for graduation.