West Virginia



State Governance

State Board of Education

The West Virginia state board of education consists of nine members, each serving nine-year terms. Board members are appointed by the governor and must be approved by the senate. Three non-voting ex-officio members also serve on the board: the state superintendent, the chancellor of the state’s Higher Education Policy Commission, and the chancellor of Community and Technical College Education.

State boards has the authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments
  • Appointing the Chief State School Officer

Governor

Jim Justice (D)

Chief State School Officer

Steven L. Paine

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 28.6%

English Language Learners: 0.7%

Served by IDEA: 16.0%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools

No Charter School Laws

ESSA Plan & Implementation

West Virginia intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about West Virginia’s ESSA approach.