The Office of Assessment manages test development, administration, scoring and reporting of results for the statewide comprehensive assessment program. These programs currently include the West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA) for grades 3 through 8, the SAT School Day in high school, the West Virginia Alternate Summative Assessment (WVASA), the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and various international assessment administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). These assessments are designed to provide information about the performance of students, schools, districts and the state. The office is responsible for implementation of West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2340, West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress.
West Virginia, as a state, has always sought high standards through the state’s accountability practices, and research shows data from a broad array of assessments can better inform educators of various areas of growth and change. Therefore, educators are better prepared to meet school and student needs. Statewide consistency is our goal as we work toward school improvement and the improvement of student learning for all students.
WVGSA (3-8): The WVGSA for students in grades 3-8 is an online summative test given toward the end of the school year to measure student performance on the state’s content standards, which provide clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.
SAT School Day (High School): The SAT School Day is the state’s general summative assessment for high school. It is administered on paper to all grade 11 students, except those who take the WVASA, and to eligible grade 12 students who did not achieve the college- and career-readiness benchmark in grade 11. The SAT School Day is given during a regular school day in the spring of each year. It 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. Students have access to practice SAT tests through Khan Academy, which also provides West Virginia educators and students access to online content and resources to help prepare students for taking the SAT School Day.
WVASA (3-8 and 11): West Virginia students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 who have significant intellectual disabilities take the WVASA, also known as the Dynamic Learning Maps, Alternate Summative Assessment*. This assessment is a summative measure of student academic performance based on the West Virginia Alternate Academic Achievement Standards for English, mathematics and science.
NAEP: National Assessment of Educational Progress, is often called the “Nation’s Report Card.” It is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in core subjects. Results for NAEP assessments can be found at https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/.
International Assessments: Occasionally some West Virginia public schools are required to participate in certain international assessments administered in the United States by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) under the governing bodies of International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED). These assessments include but are not limited to Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), International Computer Information Literacy Study (ICILS), International Early Learning Study (IELS). Results for the international assessments can be found at https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/international/ide/.
Interim Assessments: The interim assessments are optional tests available for grades 3-8 that allow educators to measure student progress throughout the year and support instruction of the standards. The item types and formats are similar to those students will encounter on the summative test.