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Education group applauds W.Va. for gains in graduation rates, early education

July 18, 2016
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Bill Frye
The Register-Herald

West Virginia is making gains improving its graduation rate, while earning more praise for its dedication to early learning. The report, “Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace” from the Southern Regional Education Board, details West Virginia’s efforts to improve standards and student success as well other states in the SREB’s region.

The report details the fact that West Virginia’s high school graduation rate exceeded the national rate.

“This is a result of State Superintendent Michael Martirano’s five year plan to get the state’s graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020,” said Kristin Anderson, executive director of communications and partnerships. “This is a reflection of the trend working toward that goal.”

The SREB report also shows that West Virginia is one of seven states that serve more than half of its 4 year olds in state-funded PreK. West Virginia’s PreK program was one of six national programs that met all 10 of the National Institute for Early Education Research for standards of quality. The Learning Policy Institute recently recognized West Virginia’s PreK program in a report calling it the anchor of the state’s early childhood efforts.