FAIRMONT — In just a few weeks, classrooms across the county will be filled with students who are using their number two pencils to mark their answers to a series of standardized test questions.
For years, that standardized assessment has been one of two forms of the West Virginia Educational Standards Test (WESTEST).
According to Juan D’Brot, the executive director of assessment and accountability at the West Virginia Department of Education, the WESTEST serves multiple purposes.
D'Brot said the assessment provides principals and administrators with an indication of how well their school is doing in terms of academic performance. Teachers may also rely on the test in order to make informed decisions regarding their approaches to instruction.