The WVDE has provided continuous leadership and funding to assist with the development and county-level implementation of the West Virginia Campaign for Grade-level Reading. This Campaign began with legislation and subsequent state policy in 2015 that includes a Transformative System of Support for Early Literacy. This multi-faceted approach to closing the literacy achievement gap by the end of third grade includes an emphasis on preventing the summer reading gap among young, particularly disadvantaged, children prior to the end of Grade 3.
Many of West Virginia’s 55 counties have deployed their own comprehensive early literacy plans (funded by the WVDE) that include efforts to prevent summer learning loss. Some counties have also made the important linkage between literacy and numeracy development, implementing programming that emphasizes literacy and math as part of a comprehensive approach to early and elementary learning. Many organizations, including the West Virginia Library Commission, have remained active and influential partners with the WVDE to ensure the following county and state efforts.