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June 10, 2024

Report: WV Kids Face Sliding Reading, Math Scores

Public News Service – Math and reading proficiency among West Virginia kids has worsened over the past five years, according to new data.

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The latest Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed in 2022, 85% of the state’s eighth graders were behind in math and 78% of fourth graders were behind in reading. The number of young children not in school has also risen.

Kelly Allen, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, said there is an inextricable link between poverty and educational outcomes, noting the Mountain State continues to have one of the highest rates of child poverty.

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