New Report: Virginia's Goal of Becoming the Best Educated State in the Country Has Some Hurdles

May 14, 2019

State officials have a lofty goal of making Virginia the best educated state in the country by the year 2030. But, a new report suggests there are some obstacles.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia believes reaching that goal will rely on increasing the number of Virginians who seek out some sort of college education.

Right now, 52 % of the state’s population has a postsecondary credential – like a bachelor’s or associate’s degree. Officials hope to increase that number to 70% by 2030.

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But a new report from the council details a number of roadblocks.

Director Peter Blake says the report is not an exhaustive list of solutions, but highlights nine areas where immediate action is needed. That includes an emphasis on preparing students for success from the start of their education.

“The graduating class of 2030 is completing the fourth grade right now, so we take the long view and can even go back to early childhood," he says. "So, we believe, for example, the value of early childhood education to make sure everyone has an opportunity from the very beginning.”

You can find the entire report here.