Students Get Ready for New Standardized Test

Students across West Virginia have to take a new standardized test in the 2014-2015 school year, but the preparations are being made now. The new test will be based on national Common Core standards and it will replace the state's Westest. Kindergarten and first-grade classes already are using new standards for math and reading/language arts. The standards are being implemented in second-grade classes, and all grades will use them by the fall of 2014. State associate superintendent Robert Hull told the Charleston Gazette that standards for other subjects are still being developed. Students will begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment test during the 2014-2015 school year.