West Virginia District Rises from 16th to Third in the State for Math in One Year

Parkersburg, WV

Wood County Schools Raises Rigor and Scores

In the 2017–2018 school year, educators at Wood County Schools in West Virginia decided they needed to better equip their students for the rigorous state standards by modernizing their district’s math curriculum. They invited five low-performing elementary schools—each school had received a “D” on its last report card from the West Virginia Department of Education—to participate in a mathematics curriculum pilot. They all accepted and saw improved student outcomes within a year.


“Ready Mathematics has been a game changer for us . . . The first year I heard, ‘It’s too hard’ or ‘It doesn’t sit right’ a lot. Because it’s different—a mindset change. But now, as teachers enter the second year, they’re saying, ‘It’s easier this year. The kids get it!’ From every level within Wood County Schools, this has truly been a team effort to improve student learning.” Christie Willis, Director of Curriculum and Instruction