was the West Virginia
educational achievement test from May 2004 to May 2008. Its official name was the West Virginia Educational Standards Test. The Performance Levels were, from highest to lowest, Distinguished, Above Mastery, Mastery, Partial Mastery, and Novice. A student who achieved a score below Mastery in one or more subject areas was not required to repeat the grade. The WESTEST was administered to students in grades 3-8 in the subject areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading/Language Arts. The WESTEST was also administered to 10th grade students, but there was no Social Studies component. Some students took "mini" or practice tests in order to prepare for the official WESTEST in early May. These practice tests were reviewed by teachers. WESTEST will be replaced with the WESTEST 2 in 2009. Field tests for WESTEST 2 are currently being administered.