The US Virgin Islands, the smallest and least populated jurisdiction in the Northeast and Islands Region, has roughly 16,000 students enrolled in 34 public schools. The territory includes two districts—the St. Thomas-St. John District and the St. Croix District. About 83 percent of students are of African descent, while 15 percent identify as Hispanic, and 1 percent as white, non-Hispanic. English is the language of instruction and the official language of the territory, although Virgin Islands Creole is the main spoken dialect. The literacy rate is 90 to 95 percent.
The priorities of the Virgin Islands Department of Education include improving student academic achievement, increasing the high school graduation rate, preparing students for college and careers, building positive school cultures, enhancing teacher and instructional leader effectiveness, and effectively using data to guide decision-making around curriculum, instruction, and assessment. REL Northeast and Islands is working with Virgin Islands educators and policymakers on these issues through the following research alliances:
Email State Liaison Sandra Espada.