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West Virginia Roundtable Recognizes State Superintendent

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September 06, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano was recently recognized by the West Virginia Roundtable for his leadership in education in the Mountain State. The Roundtable adopted a resolution at its quarterly meeting held during the 2016 Annual Meeting and Business Summit acknowledging Martirano’s work to ensure every child graduates from high school prepared for college and the 21st century world of work.

The resolution was presented by Tom Heywood, president of the West Virginia Roundtable.

“The business community recognizes that providing our students with a world-class education is vital to our future economic success. The West Virginia Roundtable endorses Dr. Martirano’s efforts to increase student achievement and success through the creation of a world-class educational system for the State of West Virginia,” Heywood said

The Roundtable recognized recent successes under Martirano’s leadership including notable success in the areas of early childhood literacy, graduation rates and career technical education.

From 2013-14 to 2014-15, the state’s graduation rate increased from 84.5 percent to 86.5 percent, placing West Virginia in the top half of the nation for graduation rate percentage. West Virginia was also recognized as leading the nation in developing children’s literacy skills. West Virginia’s Simulated Workplace program will expand into all high schools by 2017 and has become a model for states across the nation.

“I am honored to receive this recognition, and I think it is evidence of the forward-thinking work being done in West Virginia on behalf of our young people,” Martirano said. “This recognition is a reflection of the commitment by our Department and our Board to taking student achievement to a much higher level by increasing opportunities, increasing rigor and ensuring a world-class education for all students.”

The West Virginia Roundtable is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organization comprised of the state's leading chief executive officers. The Roundtable is committed to advocating public policies that create economic opportunities and wealth for all West Virginians.

The full resolution can be found by visiting: http://static.k12.wv.us/tt/2016/WV_Roundtable_Resolution_08-31-2016.pdf.

For additional information, contact Kristin Anderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304-558-2699 or Kristin.Anderson@k12.wv.us.

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