• Assessment

    McDowell County Schools upholds the state requirements for both locally provided and West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress (WV-MAP) as outlined in Policy 2340.  Annually, all applicable educators complete assessment training and sign off on the WVBE testing code of ethics ensuring that all Schools and classrooms follow all testing guidelines and maintain the security of assessment materials and student data.


    Local Assessments

    McDowell County Schools administer Interim Module Assessments (IMAs) and Diagnostic Assessments (DAs) throughout the year to grades 3-8, and each school follows a calendar of assessments creaated based on the GSA data analysis and needs assessments. Computer Adaptive Comprehensive Interim Assessments (CA-CIAs) are used as benchmarking tools in September and February for Grades 3-8. 

    McDowell County high schools administer PSAT 8/9 to 9th grade students in October as a benchmark. 10th grade students are administered PSAT/NMSQT in October as well. 

    School Year 2021-2022 PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT dates:

    • PSAT 8/9 for Grade 9: October 4-8, 2021
    • PSAT/NMSQT for Grade 10: October 13, 2021

    Khan Academy is used throughout the year to support student progress monitoring.

    Group and individual data from these assessments are used to plan and inform instruction. 

    SAT Suite of Assesssments


    State and National Assessments

    West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA)

    All students in grades 3-8 and Grade 11 take the summative assessment.

    Grades 3-8

    State WVGSA Window Spring 2022: 4/4/2022- 5/27/2022

    McDowell County Spring 2022 Testing Dates: 4/25/2022- 5/27/2022

    The West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA) for students in grades 3-8 is an online summative test given toward the end of the school year to measure student performance on the state’s content standards, which provide clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

    Students in grades 3-8 are assessed in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 also are assessed in science.

    WVGSA for Grades 3-8 is completely online. Students test over multiple days, usually taking one test per day. WVGSA for Grades 3-8 is computer-adaptive, which means that the questions provided by the testing system will change based on how a student answered a previous question, so that the system can measure more precisely what a student knows and is able to do. For more information on the scale scores and standard setting process, visit the WVDE website