Published Online: January 3, 2006

West Virginia's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 755
Public school teachers 20,020
Pre-K-12 students 281,215
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $2.3 billion
Minority students 5.9%
Children in poverty 24%
Students with disabilities 18%
English-language learners 0.5%

Summary of Grades

West Virginia scores at or above the average state in all four of the graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

In standards and accountability, West Virginia ranks among the top states in the nation. It performs especially well on the standards and assessment indicators. In all of the core subject areas and at nearly all grade spans, the state has academic standards rated clear and specific by the American Federation of Teachers and assessments aligned to those standards. The state also fares well on school accountability measures, both sanctioning and providing assistance to all of its low-performing schools.

The state also earns an above-average grade in teacher quality. One of only 15 states to require and finance mentoring for new teachers, West Virginia earns full credit in the area of professional support and training of teachers. But the state shows room for improvement on policies for teacher education and qualifications.

West Virginia scores at the national average in school climate. It does very well on measures of facilities and school and class size, earning full credit in those areas. But the state does not fare as well in other areas. It loses points on school choice and autonomy for having a limited open-enrollment program and lacking a charter school law.

West Virginia ranks among the leading states in resource equity. It has the best coefficient-of-variation score in the nation, indicating a low level of disparity in per-pupil funding across districts in the state.

State Policy Report Card
West Virginia Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability A B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality B C+
School climate C+ C+
Resource equity B C
Overall Grade B C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 37.92 40
Assessment 28.75 30
School accountability 27 30
94 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 26.6 35
Teacher assessment 24 30
Professional support and training 20 20
Accountability for teacher quality 12 15
83 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 10.5 15
School safety 15.83 20
Parent involvement 10.05 15
Choice and autonomy 12.5 20
Class size 10 10
School size 10 10
School facilities 10 10
79 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 27.33 33.3
McLoone Index 28.33 33.3
Coefficient of variation 29.33 33.3
85 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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