Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia students are being tested this week to determine how well they are absorbing their lessons.
State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine said the state modified the standardized Westest last fall after educators determined students weren't learning the skills considered necessary to compete in a global environment.
Paine said the revamped test reflects changes in the classroom to bring West Virginia in line with national and international standards.
Last week, the State Department of Education sought a waiver from its federal counterpart so students in flood-damaged Mingo County wouldn't have to take the test.
Two county schools remain closed.
The test is given to all third- through 11th-graders.
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