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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- 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. Joining it in the bottom five are Arizona, Mississippi, New Mexico and Nevada.
State education officials didn't immediately comment.