West Virginia

West Virginia

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About West Virginia

About West Virginia

West Virginia has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Superintendent of Schools. The State Board consists of 12 members appointed to 9-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • State Board Members: 12 Members; Appointed; 9-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Board; State Superintendent of Schools

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Jim Justice

  • State Superintendent of Schools: Michele Blatt

  • Local school board members: The easiest way to contact your local school board members is to use an online search tool like XQ or simply look up your school district’s website online. There will almost always be a section of the district website listing the names and contact information of your local school board members. If their contact information is not listed, call your school’s office to request that information.

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Education Stats And Facts

  • According to the West Virginia Department of Education, 250,899 are students enrolled in the public school system. West Virginia’s public school enrollment has been on a steady decline since 2015 with 279,899 students reportedly enrolled. The attendance rate is 94.8%, and the state’s four-year high school graduation rate is 91.1%.

    For public school options, West Virginia school districts determine their own open enrollment policies. Families may also choose from one of the state’s magnet schools. West Virginia recently authorized and expanded charter school legislation, so the first charter schools are set to open for the 2022-2023 year. As for private schooling, West Virginia offers over 100 schools to choose from. Additionally, West Virginia families can homeschool their children; it is required to notify the state.





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