(05/01/2017)
By Bob Weaver

A new 2016 report from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy says more high school graduates in West Virginia pursued a college education last year.

The report found 266 more students attended college compared with 2015.

Calhoun High School, according to the report, has the worst college going rate among West Virginia's 55 counties at 32.4 percent.

The report says the overall rate increased for the second consecutive year. Higher Education Chancellor Paul Hill says the improvement represents "genuine progress in creating a college-going culture in West Virginia."

Ohio County had the highest college-going rate at 71.5 percent. Mineral County was next at 66.3 percent, and Monongalia was third at 66 percent.

Braxton, Doddridge and Clay counties had the highest rates of improvement from 2015 to 2016.

Calhoun schools have shown incremental improvements in recent years, including a high graduation rate, after having among the lowest educational achievement rates in the state, with the state having had among the lowest achievement rates in the nation.

REGIONAL COLLEGE ENTRY RATES 2016:

Braxton 60%

Ritchie 57.3%

Gilmer 57.3%

Roane 54.1% Clay 53.2%

Wirt 50%

Calhoun 32.4% (55th)


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