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State Board of Education makes changes to science test administration

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State Board of Education makes changes to science test administration
By WVEA Communications staff

The general science assessment that has been administered in grade 4 will be administered to fifth-grade students this spring, and the science assessment previously administered in grade 6 will be given to eighth graders in the spring. Students in 10th grade will continue to take the high school general science assessment in that grade.

The state Board of Education approved those changes at a meeting in Charleston Wednesday.

The waiver of Policy 2340 gets ahead of a policy change that is upcoming.

Beginning in 2018, the new science assessment will be administered in grades 5, 8, and 10, but federal law still requires the state to administer and report results and participation in 2017.

The state is currently developing items for a new general summative assessment in science that will be aligned to the state's new science standards, which were implemented earlier this year.