The Times West Virginian

August 20, 2013

BOE approves revised school calendar

‘Testing window’ given at end of school year to accommodate online tests

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The revised calendar for the current school year was approved during Monday night’s Marion County Board of Education meeting.

Instead of standardized testing dates being included in the calendar like during previous years, the county has been given a testing window at the end of the school year by the West Virginia Department of Education. There are still some questions as to how testing could be affected by snow days, said Superintendent of Schools Gary Price.

Marion County Schools will first establish the high school testing dates because of the timelines associated with taking finals and graduation, and then work on the dates for the other grade levels, he said.

Once determined, those dates will be distributed to the parents and announced on school websites so everyone will know well ahead of time and can plan around them, Price said.

“This year, we will be testing online, and that’s the reason they’ve given us a window, so that we can kind of stagger and not have all our grades testing at the same time,” he said. “In some schools, you would not be able to have enough bandwidth to test all of your students at one time.”

Chad Norman, administrative assistant of technology for the Central Office of Marion County Schools, recently held a technology meeting at Fairmont Senior High School’s media center.


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