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WESTEST going online in Ohio County this year

Updated: Thursday, February 13 2014, 05:58 PM EST

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va.  -- Taking the WESTEST is about to change for students in Ohio County Schools.

WESTEST, a state-wide tests used to assess schools and students, has traditionally been done with a pen and paper.

This year’s tests will be taken online for the first time, though the snow days have been making it difficult to get all schools set up.

“The setups are not real bad but we’re setting up 1,600 computers so it’s taking some time to get that accomplished,’’ said Patrick Riddle, Ohio County Schools technology coordinator.

Riddle says a lot of their assessments have been moving toward the online version for years now.

“It’s an easier process than the paper, pencil, and books,” he said. “The testing companies have pushed us toward that. It just makes ease of use.”

There have been no issues with the online programs yet, according to Riddle. Students are comfortable with technology and they will get a chance to learn the program before the actual test in May.

“They have practice programs they can use,” Riddle said. “The thing with this testing program that they are using for the online WESTEST this year, they will have a chance to get in there and do practice questions to see the way the software works and work with the program so they are not going in blind.”

The first readiness test will be Feb. 25. The actual WESTEST is in May. Students will not be able to use the program at home. It will only be available inside the school buildings.


WESTEST going online in Ohio County this year

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