West Virginia Parents Encouraged to Help Students Build “21st Century” Skills

It goes without saying that parents want to do all they can to support their child’s academic success. But, sometimes, knowing exactly what to do can leave parents with more questions than answers, especially when it comes to interpreting their child’s report card.

This year, the West Virginia Department of Education is changing that. When parents receive their child’s WESTEST2 score reports this week, they will also get a supplemental flyer that explains where they can find their child’s Lexile® measure and how they can use that measure to support their child’s reading growth.

Dating back to 2008, students in grades 3-11 have received a Lexile measure on their report cards. (Students in the same grades also receive a Quantile® measure). The Lexile measure indicates the child’s reading level, enabling parents to select books that are the right fit for their son’s or daughter’s reading ability—not too difficult to frustrate the child, but not too easy to limit reading growth.

The West Virginia Department of Education is encouraging parents to use this Lexile measure and our free “Find a Book” search tool to help their child build personal reading lists that match his or her Lexile measure and interests, and to locate the book selections at the local public library. “Find a Book” is part of the Department’s new Parents21 website, which offers a variety of learning resources to support the development of 21st century skills in reading, mathematics and other subjects.

When the West Virginia Department of Education added Lexile (and Quantile) measures to its report cards a few years back, Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine said that the metrics would provide educators and parents with powerful tools to help children succeed in education, the workforce and in life. So far, the results have been positive. The 2010 WESTEST2 results show improvement in both reading/language arts and mathematics. Of the 694 schools accountable under No Child Left Behind, 538 (or 81 percent) made Adequate Yearly Progress. Plus, the number of students who reached proficiency levels in reading and mathematics increased in nearly all grade levels.

In June, Superintendent Paine, who also serves as president of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released the Common Core State Standards for college and career readiness. Based on the state’s recent test scores, it appears that West Virginia’s students are well on their way.

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