Kids Count Report Shows WV Near the Bottom
No improvement just yet...West Virginia's educational system ranks fourth-worst in the nation for the second straight year. Child-welfare advocates said lack of quality pre-kindergarten programs for 3-year-olds is partly to blame. The annual KIDS COUNT report released Monday said nearly two-thirds of the state's 3- and 4-year-olds weren't enrolled in preschool programs in 2011. It also said that 73 percent of fourth-graders weren't proficient in reading, while 79 percent of eighth-graders weren't proficient in math. And 22 percent of students didn't graduate high school on time in the 2009-10 school year. That puts West Virginia 47th overall in education along with Arizona, Mississippi, New Mexico and Nevada.