CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education has joined forces with several government, community and volunteer agencies in an effort to help children improve their reading abilities.
Read WV, launched Thursday on Read to Me Day, is a long-term project designed to promote reading. The campaign is a joint effort of the West Virginia Department of Education, Read Aloud West Virginia, the West Virginia Library Commission, the Imagination Library and Read to Me Day sponsor American Electric Power.
Read WV is designed to encourage children and their parents and grandparents to make reading a priority early in life and to involve all West Virginians in the critical task of ensuring that children read every day. The project includes a web page of resources on the state Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/readwv.
“Reading well is one of the most important skills a child needs to learn,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Learning to read well in elementary school can determine how much success children will have all through school and as adults.”
In recent years, the state Board of Education recognized that too many West Virginia children come to school from homes where reading is not commonplace. The board refined its education goals by reaffirming the importance of “readying children to learn” and “teaching all children to read.” While progress has been made, Read WV acknowledges more can be done. By encouraging parents to read with their children, Read WV strives to increase the literacy of all West Virginians.
“It sounds so simple. Yet research tells us simply reading at home to and with your children makes a big difference,” said state Board President Priscilla Haden. “Read WV reminds us how important it is for all of to read every day.”
The launch of Read WV marks the first of many events, contests and other opportunities to get West Virginia residents involved in regular reading. For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
– The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.”, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.
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