"This report clearly indicates that West Virginia continues to show improvement in almost all areas," noted State Superintendent Dr. Henry Marockie. "The report shows that West Virginia is among the highest performing states in terms of high school completion rate, teacher certification and school safety, and is among the most improved in the percentage of public school fourth graders who are proficient in mathematics. This report confirms the significant progress that has been measured on numerous other assessment tools," he explained.
In addition, the National Education Goals Panel Report, "Talking About Tests: An Idea Book for State Leaders," cites West Virginia as a good example of a state that communicates clearly with parents.
The National Education Goals Panel is a bipartisan and intergovernmental body of state and federal officials created in 1990 by President Bush and the nation's governors. West Virginia Governor Cecil H. Underwood served as the Panel's chair in 1998.