* 73 percent of fourth-graders weren't proficient in reading.
* 79 percent of eighth-graders weren't proficient in math.
* 22 percent of students didn't graduate high school on time in the 2009-2010 school year.
West Virginia has gained national attention for its commitment to pre-school programs for 4-year-olds.
Margie Hale, executive director of West Virginia KIDS COUNT, strongly urges the state to invest in pre-kindergarten programs for 3-year-olds as well.
Maybe it would help more vulnerable kids find the flight path to education and to prosperity. Maybe it wouldn't.
But it would bring cradle-to-grave dependence closer to reality than ever before. If only there were enough working people to pay for it.