West Virginia Students To Take New Online Standardized Test

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West Virginia students will take a new online standardized test this year that’s based on the national Common Core standards.

The testing window for the Smarter Balanced Assessment begins next week and runs through June 24. Counties and schools will set their own testing schedules.

State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the test will evaluate how well students have learned under new education standards.

The new test doesn’t have any multiple-choice questions. Instead, students will work through problems in each subject and show how they arrived at their answers.

Martirano says the Department of Education won’t use the test’s results to determine teacher and school grades until 2016. That will allow two sets of results from the same test to be analyzed.