WV schools union chief to state: Rethink standardized tests

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WV schools union chief to state: Rethink standardized tests 
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A school employees union president asked the newly reconfigured West Virginia Board of Education during its first regular meeting Wednesday to take off of public comment its proposed policy to change statewide high-school standardized exams from Smarter Balanced to end-of-course tests.

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee instead asked for one of two things: Either state Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano should reconvene his 26-member Commission on Assessment for it to come up with a long-term recommendation; or the board should switch from Smarter Balanced to ACT-developed tests in all tested grades and stop math and English language arts standardized testing in grades nine and 10.

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