As of the 2016 Legislative Session, the WV homeschool law has changed. The revised law, effective May 23, 2016, is reflected in the information below.
If you test with CHEWV, you will receive full score reports from the publisher along with a “Report to the Superintendent” from CHEWV. The “Report to the Superintendent” contains only the five scores required by WV law along with the mean of those scores. CHEWV’s county report is designed to be submitted to the County Superintendent when students are in grades 3, 5, 8, and 11. However, homeschoolers must still be assessed annually, and assessment results for ALL students must be maintained by parents for three years.
According to WV code 18-8-1 (c)(2), “acceptable progress” for standardized testing is a mean of the scores in the five required subjects that falls within the 4th stanine or above. If below the 4th stanine, it is also acceptable if the mean has improved from the previous year’s mean. Any individual subject score can fall below the 4th stanine as long as the mean is within, above, or improved.
To make that determination easier, CHEWV’s Report to the Superintendent includes all the necessary information. But satisfying the law’s requirements is not all testing can do for you. The full publisher report gives you much more information than the law requires and can help identify strengths and weaknesses for curriculum planning. In fact, the composite is probably the best indicator of how your child is doing compared with others his/her age. Unlike the mean, the composite is a weighted score and is statistically valid. The Core Composite is also a good indicator of how your child is performing in the core subjects of reading, writing, and math.
If you do not test with CHEWV you may have publisher reports for either the Stanford,* Iowa, or Terra Nova. Although score report details may differ, the following articles should be helpful regardless of which test was taken.
*Although we are now told that Pearson has decided to keep the Stanford 10 available, its 2007 norms will no longer meet WV code after spring 2017.