A recent report shows that West Virginia schools are still struggling to meet educational standards, both before and during the pandemic. Despite a small improvement in performance, only 55% of students partially met the standard for English Language Arts, and only 50.6% partially met the standard in math. The percentage of students deemed proficient in math, ELA, and science has also decreased. This is concerning and calls for action from parents, communities, and lawmakers to support schools and give students a better chance to excel.
Education in West Virginia: A Struggle to Meet Standards
Despite efforts to improve educational outcomes in West Virginia, recent data shows that schools are still falling short. The annual statewide assessment results for the 2022-23 school year indicate a small improvement compared to the previous year, but the numbers are still lower than pre-pandemic levels. In English Language Arts, only 55% of students partially met the standard, down from 56.9% before the pandemic. In math, the percentage dropped from 53.5% to 50.6%.
The Decline in Proficiency
The report also highlights a decline in proficiency levels among West Virginia students. Only 35% of students tested were proficient in math, compared to 39% in 2019. In English Language Arts, the proficiency rate dropped from 46% to 44%. Science proficiency also decreased from 33% to 29% pre-COVID. These numbers are alarming and indicate a need for immediate action.
Parents and guardians can access specific information about their children’s school districts on the West Virginia Department of Education website. It is essential for families, communities, and lawmakers to support schools and educators in their efforts to provide a quality education. However, blaming schools alone is not the solution. Communities must address the economic challenges they face, and lawmakers need to allocate resources for education. Additionally, schools need support in addressing students’ physical and mental health needs, as well as providing a safe and nurturing environment.
As teachers reflect on these scores and strive to improve, they face challenges such as navigating legislative barriers and addressing students’ holistic needs. It is crucial for everyone involved to prioritize education and create an environment where students can thrive academically.