County Education Summaries

Discussion regarding education outcomes in West Virginia tends to remain focused at a state level. This is natural, as oft-cited sources such as NAEP, the SAT and the ACT only provide data for West Virginia as a whole. To assist in providing a clearer picture on education outcomes in each county, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce compiled individual summaries for all fifty-five counties in the state. A description of each statistic and where the information gathered is below:

County Summaries




Key and Sources

Finances - This information is compiled from information provided by the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office and audit reports from the individual county boards of education.

Median Household Income and Poverty Rate - The median household income and poverty rate for each county in West Virginia is available from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Quick Facts.

2018 WV Balanced Scorecard - The performance rankings of each school in West Virginia is available from the West Virginia Department of Education’s Balanced Scorecard.

2018 Free or Reduced School Lunch - The information regarding free school lunch in West Virginia is obtained from the West Virginia Department of Education . The percent of students eligible for free lunch at each school is available at the Department’s website, and the category of “Free Lunch for All Students?” indicates whether or not that school is enrolled in the National School Lunch Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). It should be noted that for schools enrolled in the CEP, all students within that school, regardless of household income, will be tested by NAEP as free-lunch eligible.

2019 US News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings - The information for West Virginia high schools’ College Readiness, Math Proficiency and Reading Proficiency is compiled by U.S. News and World Report . Middle and Elementary Schools are not ranked and therefore no data is shown for these schools.