West Virginia - Student Assessments: Science

Policy Type: 

WESTEST 2 is gone, and the West Virginia General Summative Assessment, which includes the Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and ELA, has taken its place. The General Summative Assessment also includes a science assessment for students in grades 4, 6 and 10.

The test is engaging, interactive and uniquely accessible with questions that require high level thinking, look like real life problems, and are similar to classroom work. Most important, it offers evidence that informs action in the classroom.


The general summative assessment assesses science in Grades 3–11. The General Summative Assessment is an assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready and these standards have been adopted as the Next Generation Content Standards (Policies 2520. 1A and 2520. 2B). Science and social studies are fixed forms.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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