Kids Count Report Ranks West Virginia as ‘One Of Worst In Education’
An annual report on the well-being of West Virginia children gives the state’s education system low marks.
The 2012 KIDS COUNT data book released Wednesday ranks West Virginia 47th in the nation in education.
According to the report, 79% of the state’s eighth-graders are not proficient in math.
73% of fourth-graders are not proficient in reading.
West Virginia KIDS COUNT executive director Margie Hale says the state needs to invest more in early childhood education.
Hale tells the Charleston Gazette that a child is set up to fail if they cannot read by third grade.
The report also ranks West Virginia 40th in economic well-being, 33rd in family and community and 31st in health.
Overall, West Virginia is ranked 39th in child well-being.
How many times does the State DOE and State BOE, ALL of our elected officials in Charleston have to see and hear these reports, before any of you will step up and start doing something?
Local elected officials have a piece of this too. Have you applied any pressure, made any requests of the governor and legislators to do something IMMEDIATELY ?
It is obvious that there are heads that need to roll.
If no visible, positive action is taken by electeds, we can all hope the whole lot of you that are up for election this fall, will be sent home.
Even Senator Manchin, you have a piece in this, don’t you?
Comment by anonymous on 07.26.2012
The Gilmer Schools Coalition will meet tomorrow evening, Thursday Aug 2nd at the Holt House, 5PM.
Lots to discuss, everyone is welcome.
Comment by Facilitator on 08.01.2012
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