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West Virginia's educational system ranks fourth-worst in the nation for the second straight year.  Child-welfare advocates say lack of quality pre-kindergarten programs for 3-year-olds is partly to blame.

The annual KIDS COUNT report released Monday says nearly two-thirds of the state's 3- and 4-year-olds weren't enrolled in preschool programs in 2011.  It also says that 73 percent of fourth-graders weren't proficient in reading, while 79 percent of eighth-graders weren't proficient in math.  And 22 percent of students didn't graduate high school on time in the 2009-10 school year.  All of those measures are up slightly from the previous report. But KIDS COUNT still ranks West Virginia 47th overall in education.

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