Our Goals

Vision Shared’s four new focus areas cover a vast majority of the challenges West Virginia faces now and will face in the future. Our board members believe that improvements in these areas will help us reach our broader vision. Comparing our progress over time shows that West Virginia must start making gains in these areas to compete in the global economy.

Entrepreneurship Goal

By 2015, West Virginia ranks first in the nation in the percentage of residents who start a business.

  • Percentage of Residents Who Started a Business: WV 0.35%; U.S. Rank 18th (2009)
    In 2000: WV 0.18% vs. U.S. 0.27%

Education Goal

By 2020, West Virginia ranks first in the United States for reading and math scores of grade 4 and grade 8 students.

  • Percentage of Grade 4 Public School Students at or Above Proficient Level in Reading: WV 26%; U.S. Rank 42nd  (2009)
    In 2002, WV 28% vs. U.S. 30%
  • Percentage of Grade 4 Public School Students at or Above Proficient Level in Mathematics: WV 28%; U.S. Rank 44th (2009)
    In 2000, WV 18% vs. U.S. 22%
  • Percentage of Grade 8 Public School Students at or Above Proficient Level in Reading: WV 22%; U.S. Rank 44th (2009)
    In 2003, WV 25% vs. U.S. 27%
  • Percentage of Grade 8 Public School Students at or Above Proficient Level in Mathematics: WV 19%; U.S. Rank 49th (2009) 
    In 2000, WV 17% vs. U.S. 25%

Workforce Development Goal

By 2020, West Virginia ranks among the top 20% internationally for the percentage of adults with an associate’s degree or higher.

  • Percentage of Persons 25 Years+ With Associate Degree or Higher: WV 23.3% (2009) Estimated International Rank is 19th of 31 OECD countries (Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development Countries, 2006)
    In 2000, WV 19.1%

Research and Commercialization Goal

By 2020, West Virginia ranks among the top 25% of the U.S. in the percentage of its workforce employed in private sector, high-tech industries.

  • Percentage Employment in High-Tech Sectors: WV 6.7%; U.S. Rank 45th (2009)
    In 2000, WV 12.3% vs. U.S. 18.5%