In West Virginia, students in grades three through eight
and in grade ten take the West Virginia Educational Standards
Test (WESTEST). The WESTEST, which replaces the SAT-9, is
an assessment that measures student achievement of the West
Virginia Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs). The test
provides information about students' academic strengths and
weaknesses by performance level descriptors. WESTEST identifies
students’ levels of performance in the content areas
of reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social
studies. Students’ performance is compared to academic
standards rather than to the performance of a national sample
AYP is determined by the WESTEST and either attendance or graduation rate.
Merit’s language arts and math software programs correlate to the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives and can help students prepare for WESTEST. The content and format of Merit’s programs can help students develop and strengthen their test-taking skills as well as their reading, writing and math skills.
Merit reading software has been proven -- through rigorous,
scientifically based research -- to increase both student
reading comprehension and standardized test scores. Merit
research study findings reveal that education software is
an effective tool to improve test scores and academic performance.
Published: March 2005