New tool allows West Virginia to track education progress

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An online tool to track the progress of public education is now available in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that the "Education Dashboard" will include a wide variety of graphics and information related to education in the state.

The dashboard is going to cover student performance, school performance, education attainment, and education finances and spending. It will also compare West Virginia's education laws with the laws in other states.

"Ensuring that all West Virginia children receive a world-class education and are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow is one of the primary goals of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce," said Chamber President Steve Roberts. "This is absolutely essential if we are to continue the economic growth that has occurred over the past few years."

Roberts says he hopes the Dashboard will lead to conversation and action to better prepare kids in West Virginia. He said this idea stems from members of the chamber who live in all 55 counties and are concerned about the quality of public education in the state.

"Unfortunately, education results in West Virginia continue to lag behind most states."

The dashboard can be found at the Related Link (to the right on desktop, below on mobile).