West Virginia taxpayers have given their public school system the financial resources to deliver outstanding educational results. It is not doing that.
It's time to fix that.
Overall, West Virginia ranked ninth in the nation with a B-minus in the Quality Counts report by Education Week, which rates the states and Washington, D.C., each January.
But West Virginia schools are among the nation's worst performers for student achievement, scoring an F in that category.
Money is not the problem. The The Mountain State was second only to Wyoming in school finance - but is 49th in K-12 achievement, ahead of only Washington, D.C., and Mississippi.
The state scored an A in standards, A in school accountability and A-minus in assessments.
It scored an A-minus in early childhood education, a B-minus in college readiness and an A in economy and workforce.
It should be noted that the academic achievement portion in the report card is from the 2012 report card. Education Week does not change every ranking for the states and D.C. every year.