WVDE is charged with determining and approving rigorous yet reasonable cut scores to ensure an accurate representation of student performance in English language arts (ELA), math, and science as mandated by state and federal law.

Standard Setting Process

To set cut scores and establish achievement levels for both the West Virginia General Summative Assessment in Grades 3-8 and the SAT School Day in Grade 11, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), in collaboration with its testing contractors, conducted standard setting meetings during the summer of 2018. Standard setting is the technical process in which panels of content experts participate in a federally approved process to determine cut scores per grade level, per content area. The panelists, which included West Virginia educators, business representatives, parents, and higher education faculty, set cut scores to determine four achievement levels – Exceeds Standard, Meets Standard, Partially Meets Standard, and Does Not Meet Standard.

The West Virginia General Summative Assessment is administered to students in Grade 3-8. Students in Grades 3-8 were assessed in English language arts (ELA) and math, while students in Grades 5 and 8 also took a grade-band science assessment.

Presented in the charts below are the scaled score ranges for each achievement level for ELA, math, and science for the West Virginia General Summative Assessment in Grades 3-8.

Achievement levels descriptors provide a general description of student performance at each level. A cut score is a selected score point on the scale for each assessment that determines each of the achievement levels for that assessment.

Grade 3 – English Language Arts 

Does Not Meet Standard

420 – 549
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Partially Meets Standard

550 – 585
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Meets Standard

586 – 615
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Exceeds Standard

616 – 750
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Grade 4 – English Language Arts 

Does Not Meet Standard

430 – 562
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Partially Meets Standard

563 – 598
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Meets Standard

599 – 628
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Exceeds Standard

629 – 790
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Grade 5 – English Language Arts 

Does Not Meet Standard

450 – 587
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Partially Meets Standard

588 – 621
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Meets Standard

622 – 654
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Exceeds Standard

655 – 810
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Grade 6 – English Language Arts 

Does Not Meet Standard

460 – 597
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Partially Meets Standard

598 – 638
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Meets Standard

639 – 679
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Exceeds Standard

680 – 830
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Grade 7 – English Language Arts 

Does Not Meet Standard

470 – 601
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Partially Meets Standard

602 – 643
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Meets Standard

644 – 684
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Exceeds Standard

685 – 850
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Grade 8 – English Language Arts 

Does Not Meet Standard

480 – 612
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Partially Meets Standard

613 – 655
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Meets Standard

656 – 697
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Exceeds Standard

698 – 870
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level English language arts (ELA) knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for ELA.

Grade 3 – Mathematics 

Does Not Meet Standard

300 – 400
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Partially Meets Standard

401 – 425
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Meets Standard

426 – 447
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Exceeds Standard

448 – 550
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 4 – Mathematics 

Does Not Meet Standard

310 – 421
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Partially Meets Standard

422 – 455
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Meets Standard

456 – 477
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Exceeds Standard

478 – 610
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 5 – Mathematics

Does Not Meet Standard

320 – 448
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Partially Meets Standard

449 – 486
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Meets Standard

487 – 512
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Exceeds Standard

513 – 660
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 6 – Mathematics

Does Not Meet Standard

330 – 473
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Partially Meets Standard

474 – 517
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Meets Standard

518 – 549
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Exceeds Standard

550 – 720
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 7 – Mathematics

Does Not Meet Standard

340 – 502
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Partially Meets Standard

503 – 547
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Meets Standard

548 – 582
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Exceeds Standard

583 – 750
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 8 – Mathematics

Does Not Meet Standard

350 – 528
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Partially Meets Standard

529 – 586
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Meets Standard

587 – 616
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Exceeds Standard

617 – 830
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-level math knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 5 – Science

Does Not Meet Standard

500 – 536
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

Partially Meets Standard

537 – 554
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

Meets Standard

555 – 567
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

Exceeds Standard

568 – 600
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

NOTE:  The Grade 5 Science test covers content taught in grades 3, 4, and 5.

Grade 8 – Science 

Does Not Meet Standard

800 – 836
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a minimal understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

Partially Meets Standard

837 – 854
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an incomplete understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

Meets Standard

855 – 866
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates an adequate understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

Exceeds Standard

867 – 900
Scaled Score Range

Achievement Level Descriptor
The student generally demonstrates a thorough understanding of, and ability to, apply grade-band science knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to the West Virginia NxGen Science Standards.

NOTE:  The Grade 8 Science test covers content taught in grades 6, 7, and 8