CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Forty-seven West Virginia high schools were recognized Friday for achieving exemplary graduation rates of 90 percent or greater during the 2014-2015 school year. Schools were honored by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano and West Virginia Board of Education President Mike Green during the inaugural Celebration of Achievement.
“I applaud this success which is reflective of the work completed by our teachers, parents and students,” Martirano said. “There is no other more important metric that validates our progress than our graduation rate. When more young people achieve and graduate, our entire state becomes stronger.”
Martirano recently released a five-year strategic plan which outlines a goal of improving the graduation rate annually with an ultimate goal of 90 percent for all West Virginia students by 2020.
Recent data show more students in West Virginia are graduating from high school when compared to previous years. From 2012-13 to 2013-14, West Virginia saw the fourth-greatest increase in high school graduation rates in the nation—an increase from 81.4 percent to 84.5 percent. That trend continues when compared to the following year’s increase in graduation rates. From 2013-14 to 2014-15, the state’s graduation rate increased from 84.5 percent to 86.5 percent. The graduation rate in West Virginia has steadily increased throughout the last five years, increasing nearly 10 percentage points from 76.4 percent in 2009-10.
Of the 47 schools recognized, eight school realized a graduation rate of more than 95 percent and the top three high schools; Frankfort High School in Mineral County, Moorefield High School in Hardy County and Paden City High School in Wetzel County, achieved a graduation rate exceeding 97 percent.
The 47 schools recognized represent 40.5 percent of the 116 high schools in West Virginia.
A complete list of recognized schools can be found here.
For additional information, contact Kristin Anderson at the WVDE Office of Communications at 304-558-2699 or Kristin.Anderson@k12.wv.us.