WV Dept. of Ed. selects new assessment for grades 3-8
By Jake Jarvis Staff writer
Starting in the spring, students in grades 3 through 8 will take the American Institute for Research’s math and English language arts assessment as the new statewide standardized test, replacing the Smarter Balanced exam.
The state Department of Education selected the AIR assessment Friday, a test which assistant superintendent of teaching and learning Lou Maynus said closely aligns with the state’s curriculum.
“I can tell you that this assessment will be very tightly aligned to our current standards, because it’s being built for our standards,” Maynus said when asked how different the AIR assessment was from Smarter Balanced.
The state’s current standards, the College- and Career-readiness standards, are largely the Common Core math and English standards.