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Welcome to the West Virginia Department of Education’s College and Career Readiness resource hub for families. This page is designed to provide parents and guardians with tools to help their children succeed in order to achieve college and career readiness by the time they graduate from high school.

Children whose families are involved in their learning earn better grades, enroll in higher-level programs, have higher graduation rates and are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education. Children do best in school if families can play a variety of roles in their learning: helping at home, volunteering at school, planning their children’s future, and taking part in key decisions about school programs.

To assure children are college and career ready when they graduate from high school, West Virginia has raised the rigor of what’s taught in school. To access the West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards, visit the WV TREE. We also have increased performance expectations on the West Virginia General Summative Assessment by requiring learners to show greater comprehension of the standards.

Family involvement is key to student success in school. Together, we can assure that all children are being prepared for global success in college, in the workplace, and in life.

By clicking on one of the links below, you will find the information you can use to support learning for your child. Families of children in grades 3-11 will also find information about the West Virginia General Summative Assessment, including tips for better understanding your child’s most recent summative assessment results.

To learn more about your child’s experience, please choose the grade band your child currently attends or will attend during the next school year:

Pre-K through K

Welcome to the early learning readiness (Pre-K and Kindergarten grades) family landing page. Please click on the links below to learn more about what to expect during your child’s first years of school.

Pre-K

Kindergarten

Additional Pre-K and Kindergarten resources for family engagement

Resource Description Subject
Education Nation’s Parent Toolkit The Parent Toolkit developed by Education Nation will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track progress at each stage. Growth charts, tips & guides, resources, and more are provided for topics related to academics, health/wellness, and social/emotional development. Multi-subject
Storyline Online Storyline Online records well-known actors reading popular children’s books for students to listen to and watch. Activity guides are also provided and paired with each book to promote literacy. English Language Arts
Do 2 Learn Do2Learn provides free resources about social skills, behavioral regulation guidance, academic materials, and other educational tools for parents to use with their child. Multi-subject
Read Write Think ReadWriteThink enables students to learn through free online literacy tools. While having fun completing the interactive tools, students can learn about a variety of literacy topics, such as language, writing poetry, and research. English Language Arts
Scholastic Scholastic promotes literacy with books for children of all ages and reading levels. While promoting literacy, children can find fictional and informational books, games, and other resources that relates to their educational interests. Scholastic also provides parents with the tools to encourage learning at home. Parents can find activities, guides, and book suggestions for their child’s language, social, and physical development at any age. Multi-subject
PBS Kids PBSKids empowers children to learn through educational games and activities that require a variety of skills, such as reading. PBSParents serves as a free resource and guide to child development and early learning. Parents and children alike can learn about healthy life-styles, ways to make education enjoyable, and much more. Multi-subject
Hour of Code Hour of Code offers free educational resources and tools in Computer Science for schools, students and parents. The fun and creative activities for kids from 4 to 104 help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. Computer Science
Welcome to the early learning primary (1st and 2nd grades) family landing page. Please click on the links below to learn more about what to expect during your child’s 1st or 2nd Grade experience.

Grade 1

Grade 2

Additional Grade 1 and 2 resources for family engagement

Resource Description Subject
Education Nation’s Parent Toolkit The Parent Toolkit developed by Education Nation will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track progress at each stage. Growth charts, tips & guides, resources, and more are provided for topics related to academics, health/wellness, and social/emotional development. Multi-subject
Smart Tutor SmartTutor gives parents and children the tools they need to continue learning. Parents can find free educational resources for their child, such as math and reading lessons, and printouts. SmartTutor also guides children through free online games and instructional lessons to enhance their math and reading skills. Multi-subject
Do 2 Learn Do2Learn provides free resources about social skills, behavioral regulation guidance, academic materials, and other educational tools for parents to use with their child. Multi-subject
Read Write Think ReadWriteThink enables students to learn through free online literacy tools. While having fun completing the interactive tools, students can learn about a variety of literacy topics, such as language, writing poetry, and research. English Language Arts
Scholastic Scholastic promotes literacy with books for children of all ages and reading levels. While promoting literacy, children can find fictional and informational books, games, and other resources that relates to their educational interests. Scholastic also provides parents with the tools to encourage learning at home. Parents can find activities, guides, and book suggestions for their child’s language, social, and physical development at any age. Multi-subject
PBS Kids PBSKids empowers children to learn through educational games and activities that require a variety of skills, such as reading. PBSParents serves as a free resource and guide to child development and early learning. Parents and children alike can learn about healthy life-styles, ways to make education enjoyable, and much more. Multi-subject
Hour of Code Hour of Code offers free educational resources and tools in Computer Science for schools, students and parents. The fun and creative activities for kids from 4 to 104 help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. Computer Science
Welcome to the early learning intermediate (grades 3, 4, and 5) family landing page. Please click on the links below to learn more about what to expect during your child’s 3rd, 4th, or 5th Grade experience.

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Additional Grade 3, 4, and 5 resources for family engagement

Resource Description Subject
Education Nation’s Parent Toolkit The Parent Toolkit developed by Education Nation will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track progress at each stage. Growth charts, tips & guides, resources, and more are provided for topics related to academics, health/wellness, and social/emotional development. Multi-subject
Smart Tutor SmartTutor gives parents and children the tools they need to continue learning. Parents can find free educational resources for their child, such as math and reading lessons, and printouts. SmartTutor also guides children through free online games and instructional lessons to enhance their math and reading skills. Multi-subject
Khan Academy Khan Academy offers free educational resources and tools to both students and parents. Resources range in topics from math to grammar. Students personalize their learning by studying at their own pace through practice exercises and instructional videos. Parents can monitor their child’s success, while continuing their own education as a life-long learner. Multi-subject
Read Write Think ReadWriteThink enables students to learn through free online literacy tools. While having fun completing the interactive tools, students can learn about a variety of literacy topics, such as language, writing poetry, and research. English Language Arts
Scholastic Scholastic promotes literacy with books for children of all ages and reading levels. While promoting literacy, children can find fictional and informational books, games, and other resources that relates to their educational interests. Scholastic also provides parents with the tools to encourage learning at home. Parents can find activities, guides, and book suggestions for their child’s language, social, and physical development at any age. Multi-subject
PBS Kids PBSKids empowers children to learn through educational games and activities that require a variety of skills, such as reading. PBSParents serves as a free resource and guide to child development and early learning. Parents and children alike can learn about healthy life-styles, ways to make education enjoyable, and much more. Multi-subject
Hour of Code Hour of Code offers free educational resources and tools in Computer Science for schools, students and parents. The fun and creative activities for kids from 4 to 104 help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. Computer Science
Welcome to the middle school learning (grades 6, 7, and 8) family landing page. Please click on the links below to learn more about what to expect during your child’s 6th, 7th, or 8th Grade experience.

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Understanding your child’s assessment

Additional Grade 6, 7, and 8 resources for family engagement

Resource Description Subject
Education Nation’s Parent Toolkit The Parent Toolkit developed by Education Nation will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track progress at each stage. Growth charts, tips & guides, resources, and more are provided for topics related to academics, health/wellness, and social/emotional development. Multi-subject
PBS PBS’s education media helps prepare children for success in school and opens them up to the world in an age-appropriate way. Multi-subject
Khan Academy Khan Academy offers free educational resources and tools to both students and parents. Resources range in topics from math to grammar. Students personalize their learning by studying at their own pace through practice exercises and instructional videos. Parents can monitor their child’s success, while continuing their own education as a life-long learner. Multi-subject
Read Write Think ReadWriteThink enables students to learn through free online literacy tools. While having fun completing the interactive tools, students can learn about a variety of literacy topics, such as language, writing poetry, and research. English Language Arts
Smithsonian Institute The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access uses all the Smithsonian offers to empower learners to explore their own interests and collaborate with others to bring ideas to life. Multi-subject
PhET Interactive Simulations Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Weiman, PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. Math & Science
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based manipulatives or concept tutorials for K-12 mathematics. Math
Hour of Code Hour of Code offers free educational resources and tools in Computer Science for schools, students and parents. The fun and creative activities for kids from 4 to 104 help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. Computer Science

Welcome to the high school learning (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) family landing page. Please click on the links below to learn more about what to expect during your child’s 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade experience.

Understanding your child’s assessment

Additional Grade 9, 10, 11, and 12 resources for family engagement

Resource Description Subject
Education Nation’s Parent Toolkit The Parent Toolkit developed by Education Nation will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track progress at each stage. Growth charts, tips & guides, resources, and more are provided for topics related to academics, health/wellness, and social/emotional development. Multi-subject
PBS PBS’s education media helps prepare children for success in school and opens them up to the world in an age-appropriate way. Multi-subject
Khan Academy Khan Academy offers free educational resources and tools to both students and parents. Resources range in topics from math to grammar. Students personalize their learning by studying at their own pace through practice exercises and instructional videos. Parents can monitor their child’s success, while continuing their own education as a life-long learner. Multi-subject
Read Write Think ReadWriteThink enables students to learn through free online literacy tools. While having fun completing the interactive tools, students can learn about a variety of literacy topics, such as language, writing poetry, and research. English Language Arts
Smithsonian Institute The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access uses all the Smithsonian offers to empower learners to explore their own interests and collaborate with others to bring ideas to life. Multi-subject
PhET Interactive Simulations Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Weiman, PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. Math & Science
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based manipulatives or concept tutorials for K-12 mathematics. Math
Nobel Prize You don’t have to be a genius to understand the work of Nobel Laureates. These games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, will teach and inspire you while you’re having fun! Multi-subject
Illuminations/NCTM Illuminations provides games, activities, and interactive features geared toward students who need additional math support or those who want to put their skills to the test. Math
iCivics iCivics exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning. This site provides well-written, inventive, and free resources that inspire. The organization’s mission is to ensure every student receives a high-quality civic education. Social Studies
Hour of Code Hour of Code offers free educational resources and tools in Computer Science for schools, students and parents. The fun and creative activities for kids from 4 to 104 help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. Computer Science