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Martirano to release standardized test results Wednesday
By Jeff Jenkins , MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano will release the results from last school year’s standardized testing in West Virginia during Wednesday afternoon’s state Board of Education meeting.

“I’ve been very clear about the fact that I want those results out early,” Martirano told MetroNews. “I’ve very transparent in my superintendency about all of our information and I want those results into the hands of our teachers and principals and parents so good instructional decisions can be made about those.”

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 took the Smarter Balanced assessment tests in English/Language Arts and Math. Some students took a separate test in Science. Wednesday will mark the earliest release of the test results, Martirano said.

“Our challenge has been the past several years that those results have not come back until as late as December and that’s not good,” Martirano, who is beginning his second school year as superintendent, said. “Quality assessment should have those results turned around so those results can be put into the hands our teachers, principals and parents so they can have conservations about kids and how to improve the delivery model.”

Students who took the tests were taught Next Generation (Common Core) Standards, which have been under fire for months. State Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole predicted last week the standards would be repealed next year by state lawmakers. Cole said the state needs to start all over and come up with new standards.

Martirano will release the test results during his report to the state BOE at around 1 p.m. Wednesday.