What are the Standards?
- The Next Generation Standards raise the bar for what our students learn in math and English.
- 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 young people 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 the SAT show that about 42 percent of West Virginia high school students who take the test are ready for post-secondary education. Of the fastest growing jobs in West Virginia, only 15 percent will be available to workers with only a high school diploma. The West Virginia Next Generation Standards set higher, clearer and simpler goals — higher standards so your children can be ready for success.
Why transition to the new standards?
- By moving to the West Virginia Next Generation Standards, West Virginia is ensuring that 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 materials, not just basic memorization and test-taking skills.