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State board votes to reduce summative testing in high schools
By WVEA Communications Staff

The new state Board of Education took a significant step Thursday in reducing standardized testing, particularly in high schools, when they approved policy changes and waivers to Policy 2340: West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress.

Board members agreed to waive Smarter Balanced testing in grades 9 and 10 for both English/language arts and mathematics, beginning this spring.

(The policy would need to go back out on comment for the grade 9 and 10 testing to be eliminated completely from 2018 and beyond.)

Board members later agreed to eliminate Smarter Balanced in all grades after this spring “and explore the other options” that would lead to adopting new summative tests. 

The new state testing requirements will not go beyond what is required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

English/language arts and math will continue to be tested in grades 3-8, as well as grade 11, but not in ninth- and 10th-grade.

Science will be tested in 10th-grade and grades 5 and 8.     

The language about end-of-course exams was also eliminated from the policy. WVDE Chief Academic Officer Clayton Burch said the comments received on Policy 2340 were overwhelmingly opposed to end-of-course exams.

WVEA has been very vocal over many months about making positive changes for teachers and students to the statewide Assessment program, as well as eliminating the A-F school grading system.