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What are the standards?
The West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards continue to raise the bar for what our students learn in math and English language arts. The standards give students the ability to think critically, absorb information, draw conclusions, and communicate verbally and in writing. The standards are essential to creating an education system that prepares our students for success in school, work, and life. The standards ensure students will be prepared for the world that awaits them after graduation.
Why does it matter?
Recent data from ACT shows that West Virginia students are performing near the national average on the assessment.1 Of the fastest growing jobs in West Virginia, only 15% will be available to workers with no postsecondary training/education. The West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards set higher, clearer, and simpler goals – higher standards so your children can be ready for success.
Why transition to the new standards?
The Academic Spotlight website garnered feedback from thousands of West Virginians regarding the developmental appropriateness and clarity of our educational standards. This feedback resulted in many revisions to standards in mathematics and English language arts. In adopting the West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards, our students are held to the same high expectations as students across the country. The standards focus on developing real world skills students need to be successful in today’s workforce. The standards focus on a deeper understanding of content, not just basic memorization and test-taking skills.


History of educational standards in West Virginia

A History of Educational Standards from Before 1983 to 2016
  • Prior to 1983 - Counties developed their own goals
  • December 31, 1983 - Educational Goals for West Virginia
  • December 30, 1986 - Criteria of Excellence: General Education Programs
  • 1989-1991 - Criteria of Excellence: Instructional Goals and Objectives
  • July 2, 1997 - Instructional Goals and Objectives
  • July 1, 2003 - Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools
  • 2008-2013 - 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives
  • 2011-2016 - Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives
  • Present - West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards

The West Virginia College- and Career- Readiness Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics were developed as a result of the 2015 Academic Spotlight standards review process. To read a synopsis of the Academic Spotlight visit the Spotlight Analysis document. For the full Academic Spotlight report, view the Standards Revision Process document. For additional information about the Academic Spotlight, visit the Academic Spotlight website.

To learn more about the process for instructional materials and standards review processes, click here.