Virginia Performs shows you how the state is doing in areas that affect the quality of life for you and your family. Explore these pages (main menu above) to learn more about the Commonwealth's performance from region to region and compared to other states. For more data about your own community, you can explore our regional and locality performance maps. You can also see how Virginia state government is working on your behalf on our Agency Planning and Performance pages.
Measuring What Matters
Virginia's Scorecard at a Glance: 2015 Trend Changes
Over the past year, 10 indicators have seen shifts in performance significant enough to warrant a trend (arrow) change. Many of these reflect the mixed developments seen in Virginia in recent years, particularly in economy and education. For example, both the business climate and employment growth in the state have suffered since the federal sequester went into effect in 2012. At the same time, however, 2013 poverty rates -- which had been steadily worsening since at least 2006 -- finally hit a plateau and are expected to drop in coming months.
Other encouraging developments include restored improvement in college graduation rates, steady progress in 4th grade reading and math scores, improved traffic fatality rates, and lower traffic congestion in several of the state's worst trouble spots. Check out the Scorecard at a Glance for a quick but complete look at all the indicators tracked on Virginia Performs.
A summary of all the 2015 trend changes is below:
|From to||From to||From to||From to|
|Poverty||4th Grade Reading/Math||Adoption||3rd Grade Reading|
|Traffic Congestion||College Graduation||Business Climate|
|Traffic Fatalities||Infrastructure Condition|
New Workforce Quality Measures Improve Assessment of State System
A host of new performance measures and graphs -- 10 in all -- have been added to our Workforce Quality indicator. The changes reflect Virginia's recent efforts to better understand the real drivers behind creating a skilled workforce and to reconfigure the state's workforce development system to be more responsive to current and projected job opportunities.