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Cabell students to start online writing assessments Feb. 25

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The online writing component for the state's 2013 WESTEST 2 begins Monday, Feb. 25.

During the months of February and March, West Virginia students in third through 11th grades will be required to read an assigned passage and prompt, and submit a written response on a secure website.

Their composition score will be based on the five writing traits of organization, development, sentence structure, word choice/grammar usage and mechanics. Student performance on the online writing session will be combined with student performance on the multiple choice sessions of WESTEST 2 reading/language arts for an overall proficiency level for reading/language arts.

Middle school students will take the 60- to 120-minute assessment between Feb. 25 and March 8.

High school students will take the assessment March 4-15, while elementary students will take it between March 11 and April 17.

To receive a good score, students should: make sure their composition has a beginning, middle and end; develop their main idea in a logical way; use transitional words; write complete sentences that vary in length and complexity; address the topic, including important and specific details; use vivid adjectives and adverbs to describe their ideas; proof their essay when finish, correcting spelling, grammar and other kinds of errors.

The other portion of the test will be held May 6-9.