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West Virginia and The Southern Regional Education Board, November 2014

West Virginia: Taking Stock and Pushing Forward 2014


Your guide to SREB services and data specific to West Virginia

West Virginia and the Southern Regional Education Board details the state’s participation in SREB programs and services.
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West Virginia Policies and Data from SREB

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 Board Members

Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor of West Virginia,
Charleston, ex officio (2017)
Thomas W. Campbell, State Board of Education member, Lewisburg (2017)
Paul Hill, Chancellor, Higher Education Policy Commission, Charleston (2016)
Robert H. Plymale, State Senator, (Treasurer of the Board) Huntington (2014)
Roman W. Prezioso Jr., State Senator,
Fairmont (2015)

(Appointments to the Board are made by the Governor. Terms expire June 30 of the specified year.)

 Legislative Advisory Council Members

(Largest standing advisory body to the Board)

Senators Plymale and Prezioso serve on the Council by virtue of being legislative members of the Board.

State Progress
West Virginia: Taking Stock and Pushing Forward, 2014
Student achievement and state policies to improve it: NAEP scores, high school graduation rates, postsecondary education access and much more. West Virginia highlights >

Higher Ed
Featured Facts from the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education

West Virginia Affordability Profile

Accountability, NCLB Waivers
West Virginia: 2013 Accountability Profile

High School to College and Careers

English Learners
Fact sheet on population trends, state and federal policies, and standards and assessments

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Educator Effectiveness Legislation
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Legislative Actions
Read PDFs for legislative actions on budget and education topics, by state and date, or by topic.

SREB Data Library
Browse for state-specific data on elementary, secondary and higher education.
Find state lists of public postsecondary institutions and information on their coordination and governance.

Readiness Standards
Read detailed reports benchmarking how West Virginia is implementing the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives. The reports note West Virginia as a strong state for teacher resources.

State Progress Report Highlights

From West Virginia: Taking Stock and Pushing Forward, 2014

Student Outcomes

• West Virginia’s fourth-graders from low-income families narrowed the achievement gap with all other students in reading on NAEP at the Basic and Proficient levels – and in math at the Basic level. West Virginia is the only state in the region to close this gap in reading at the Proficient level. Eighth-graders from low-income families also closed this gap in reading at the Basic level.
• West Virginia’s high school graduation rate increased. This increase in graduation rate extended to black and white high school seniors.
• For graduating seniors who took the ACT, West Virginia topped the region in percentages of students who met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks.
• Pass rates among West Virginia’s adults taking the GED test exceeded the nation and SREB region.

Policy Highlights

• West Virginia requires all students in the middle grades to develop high school graduation plans and to explore career options.
• West Virginia assesses high school juniors on college and career readiness and is field testing readiness courses in literacy/English and math for juniors or seniors not ready for college and careers.
• West Virginia is one of three states in the SREB region that requires new alternatively certified career-technical education teachers to hold an appropriate industry certification in the field taught, pass a core academic test and participate in intensive training prior to teaching.

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