Virginia's goal is to elevate the levels of educational preparedness and attainment of our citizens.
- High school graduation rates continue to improve, while elementary and middle-school students are maintaining good performance levels.
- Virginia's rate of graduation for bachelor's degrees is the 9th highest in the nation -- but in 2009 that meant only about 28 out of 100 high school students had gone on to successfully complete college within six years of graduating high school.
- There is widespread agreement that current levels of educational achievement are not sufficient to sustain the state's economy and standard of living. Additional education or training beyond high school has become essential for ensuring individual success and regional prosperity.
The education indicators help to assess the progress we are making, understand the key elements that influence performance, and clarify the role the Commonwealth is taking to improve educational preparedness and attainment.