West Virginia has met all 10 benchmarks for pre-kindergarten quality established by the National Institute for Early Education Research, one of only six states to do so. This achievement is one outcome of years of effort by the state to create a plan for third grade literacy, help counties promote early learning, and develop pre-kindergarten programs statewide. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) organized its work with a logic model to measure outcomes, assisted the advisory council and its committees, and supported the department's work with stakeholders who serve young children, including local school districts.
"This is the first time that there was a comprehensive birth to third-grade plan that had a logic model, tackled all the comprehensiveness, and really focused on capacity building at the core. I think it's paying off in spades." Clayton Burch, Chief Academic Officer, Division of Teaching and Learning, WVDE.