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West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Policy Status and Authority
Sectors with a multiple measures policy: Both 2 Year and 4 Year Sectors
Policy Status: In Place
The policy is based on (statute, regulation and/or system policy):

Statute (W. Va. Code ยง18B-2B-6). and system policy (Series 21)

When the policy was first adopted: 2002
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Mandatory
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Vary

Do the measures vary or are they uniform across degrees/pathways?

Uniform

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • reading
  • writing
  • math
Measures Included in the Policy
Measures required to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests ACT, SAT, ASSET, COMPASS, Accuplacer, Nelson-Denny Reading Test
High School Achievement Measures West Virginia General Summative Assessment (Smarter Balanced)
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests Nationally-normed math tests approved by the Chancellor
High School Achievement Measures None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays Writing sample with approval by the Chancellor
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

Yes; the West Virginia General Summative Assessment includes the Smarter Balanced assessment.

Were cut scores for the measures determined by the system or state?

Yes

The placement process using these measures:

Students may not enroll at any two-year or four-year institution in West Virginia public colleges and universities in a mathematics, writing or reading course which is designed to be applied toward a baccalaureate degree, an associate of arts degree, an associate of science, an associate of applied science degree at a four-year college or university or an A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degree at a community college unless the minimum score is earned on any one of the following tests: ACT, SAT, ASSET, COMPASS, Accuplacer, Nelson-Denny Reading Test, West Virginia General Summative Assessment, or a nationally-normed math test or writing sample approved by the Chancellor.

Multiple measures policy documents: