West Virginia serves 283,044 students, the smallest student population of the four states in REL Appalachia’s region. West Virginia also has the highest proportion of rural schools, at a little more than half of its 767 schools.
One of West Virginia’s education goals is improving students’ college and career readiness through increased technology integration in the classroom. The state also is emphasizing career and technical education (CTE) as early as middle school in an effort to help prepare students for vocational schools and careers. West Virginia recently introduced the Simulated Workplace program, which helps students develop workplace habits and skills by immersing them in a supportive but rigorous workplace training environment while still in school. In support of these efforts, REL Appalachia works with the West Virginia Workforce Readiness Alliance (WVWRA), which aims to build the capacity of West Virginia educators to engage students in authentic career-based curricula.
REL Appalachia also works with the West Virginia School Leadership Research Alliance (WVSLRA), which focuses on supporting school leadership, recruiting and retaining teachers in high-need or hard-to-staff areas, and providing information and technical assistance on student engagement. To learn more about education in West Virginia, visit the West Virginia Department of Education.