State Superintendent gives State of Education report

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine presented the 2018 State of Education report Thursday.

The annual report reviews what the West Virginia public education system is doing well and what needs improvement.

This year's report highlights that the Mountain State has the third highest graduation rate in the country (89.4%), ranks 6th for access to early education programs, and continues to see improving academic achievement through the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Areas of improvement being worked on include better addressing the opioid crisis, improving achievement in math education, and working to "enhance and expand" programs previously run by the former State Department of Education and the Arts.

“We continue to explore ways to meet the state’s economic demands through high-quality learning systems,” Paine said in a statement. “Working together, we are creating a culture of career readiness, skill development and proven practices that allow our education system to fuel the state’s economy and develop the emerging workforce."

You can view the full report by visiting the Related Link (to the right on desktop, below on mobile).