(10/11/2013)
WV KIDS COUNT says until the end of 3rd grade, children are learning to read in West Virginia schools.

Starting in 4th grade more than 7 in 10 West Virginia students are not reading proficiently.

The KIDS COUNT graph (see link below) shows Calhoun Schools near the bottom of 55 counties using 2011-12 WESTEST statistics. The latest WESTEST scoring was not available from the WVDE or Calhoun Schools.

Clay County schools showed the state's highest proficiency in reading at 63%, Gilmer at 48%, Ritchie at 47%, Roane at 44%, Braxton at 38%, Wirt at 36% and Calhoun at 34%.

Three out 4 students who are poor readers by the end of 3rd grade will remain poor readers in high school, says KIDS COUNT.

About 83% of 4th graders in low-income families have reading skills that are below proficient, while only 55% of 4th graders in moderate- and high- income families are below proficient.

KIDS COUNT says 83% of low-income kids are at increased risk of not graduating because they can't read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.

Low-income 4th graders who can't read well today are likely to become our state's lowest income citizens tomorrow.

The KIDS COUNT graph shows Calhoun Schools near the bottom of 55 counties using 2011-12 WESTEST statistics.

KIDS COUNT says a solution is in early childhood education, with the development of a comprehensive literacy plan by grade 4.

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2013 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, West Virginia's education system ranks 47th (or 4th worst) in the nation for the second straight year.

How well are 4th graders reading in your county? How well are 4th graders reading in your county?


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