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West Virginia Receives National Recognition For Early Literacy Work

December 5, 2017

National representatives today recognized West Virginia’s exemplary work in improving reading proficiency across the Mountain State. The West Virginia Governor’s Office, West Virginia Legislature and West Virginia Board of Education were recognized with the State Pacesetter award for their implementation and support of the statewide Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade Level Reading, which is the state’s effort to close the literacy achievement gap for West Virginia children ages birth through grade three.

In 2013, the West Virginia Governor’s Office, the West Virginia Legislature, the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education came together to launch the literacy campaign to accelerate efforts to assure all students are reading at grade level by the end of the third grade. West Virginia was the first state to unanimously pass legislation and policy to support a statewide Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

“Research tells us that one of the biggest indicators of future student success is the ability to read,’ said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. ‘If we ensure students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade, we lay the foundation for students to flourish throughout their educational careers. The work to support the success of all West Virginia students starts with policies that impact children from birth through third grade.”

  • West Virginia’s Universal Pre-K program has continued to grow in participation, quality and collaboration and was the original catalyst that led to a statewide, comprehensive approach to early learning;
  • West Virginia is one of five states in the nation to meet all 10 NIEER quality pre-K benchmarks