CHARLESTON — All West Virginia high school juniors will begin taking the SAT as the statewide summative assessment in spring 2018, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced earlier this month. The College Board was selected as the successful bidder following a competitive review process for the high school assessment.
The shift in West Virginia’s statewide assessment was a result of the state legislation passed last April (HB 2711) which, among other things, required the WVDE to identify a college entrance exam to be used as the statewide high school assessment.
“The College Board’s SAT test is a widely respected assessment used across the country,” said Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Dr. Lou Maynus. “College Board proved through the bid process that its product was the better assessment for West Virginia students by providing valuable resources at a lower cost than the other bidder.”
SAT was selected as the successful bidder because their proposal more closely met the specifications of the request for proposals (RFP). Students will have access to a large number of resources including the well-known Khan Academy®, which is the official practice portal for SAT. Through Khan Academy®, students have access to eight practice tests, thousands of practice questions and personalized recommendations to help students focus on the skills needed to improve their performance.
Additionally, SAT provides an easy process for approving accommodations and supports for testing students with disabilities, students on section 504 plans and English learners. West Virginia high schools are already familiar with College Board through their Advanced Placement (AP) program that helps students earn college credits while in high school.
The SAT assessment will be administered in a paper format in year one with an option to move online in year two and beyond. The assessment will be the same as a typical Saturday SAT assessment, but given to students during the regular school day. Students can send their scores to up to four colleges or universities at no cost.
The SAT is accepted at all institutions of higher learning throughout West Virginia and the nation. It is also used as a qualifier for the Promise Scholarship. As the state’s eleventh grade general summative assessment used for accountability purposes, the SAT must be administered to all West Virginia juniors, except for those students who have significant cognitive disabilities who take the West Virginia Alternate Assessment. Schools will be responsible for assessing 95 percent of their 11th grade students. However, high school students still have the option to take the ACT as their college entrance exam at their own expense.
“I am thrilled that our students will be able take a globally-recognized college admission test at no cost,” said West Virginia Associate Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch. “The SAT will add value and influence the effort index among our high school students because it is tied to concrete outcomes and benefits.”
For additional information, contact Kristin Anderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304-558-2699 or Kristin.Anderson@k12.wv.us.