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Measuring Virginia

Virginia Performs shows you how the state is doing in areas that affect the quality of life for you and your family. Explore these pages (main menu above) to learn more about the Commonwealth's performance from region to region and compared to other states. For more data about your own community, you can explore our regional and locality performance maps. You can also see how Virginia state government is working on your behalf on our Agency Planning and Performance pages.

Measuring What Matters

Virginia's Scorecard at a Glance: 2015 Trend Changes

Over the past year, 10 indicators have seen shifts in performance significant enough to warrant a trend (arrow) change. Many of these reflect the mixed developments seen in Virginia in recent years, particularly in economy and education. For example, both the business climate and employment growth in the state have suffered since the federal sequester went into effect in 2012. At the same time, however, 2013 poverty rates -- which had been steadily worsening since at least 2006 -- finally hit a plateau and are expected to drop in coming months.

Other encouraging developments include restored improvement in college graduation rates, steady progress in 4th grade reading and math scores, improved traffic fatality rates, and lower traffic congestion in several of the state's worst trouble spots. Check out the Scorecard at a Glance for a quick but complete look at all the indicators tracked on Virginia Performs.

A summary of all the 2015 trend changes is below:

From worsening to maintaining From maintaining to improving From improving to maintaining From maintaining to worsening
Poverty 4th Grade Reading/Math Adoption 3rd Grade Reading
Traffic Congestion College Graduation Business Climate  
Traffic Fatalities Infrastructure Condition  
    Solid Waste/Recycling  

New Workforce Quality Measures Improve Assessment of State System

A host of new performance measures and graphs -- 10 in all -- have been added to our Workforce Quality indicator. The changes reflect Virginia's recent efforts to better understand the real drivers behind creating a skilled workforce and to reconfigure the state's workforce development system to be more responsive to current and projected job opportunities.

Priorities Assessment

Virginia Performs now offers additional tools for assessing progress on Virginia's highest priorities. Many priorities go beyond organizational boundaries and require cooperative effort in order to affect performance in a meaningful way.

Tools for gauging that progress include Governor McAuliffe's 2014 Enterprise Strategic Priorities, as well as issue-focused report cards that have been collaboratively developed, often with partners outside state government.

Priorities Assessment content is available from any page on the site via a text link at top right.

From the Governor of Virginia:

The Commonwealth of Virginia is a spectacular place to live. We treasure the heritage and resources that contribute to our high quality of life, but it takes constant planning and fine tuning to maintain this quality and make needed improvements.

This website, brought to you by the Council on Virginia's Future, shows you how we measure the state's performance, plan for the future and monitor our progress. Explore the links above to see how we're working to make Virginia strong and healthy.

-- Governor Terry McAuliffe