The Board conducted Paine’s yearly evaluation during the Board meeting which took place this month at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney, West Virginia.
“Dr. Paine has more than exceeded our expectations during his first year of service as State Superintendent of Schools,” said Board President Lowell Johnson. “His vision for education in the 21st century has gained West Virginia national attention. Providing the skills students need to succeed in the global world, closing the achievement gap for special needs and minority students, and developing the infrastructure for a state-of-the-art educational technology system are some key accomplishments.”
Through his leadership and guidance, Paine has established the West Virginia Public School System as a national leader. For example, West Virginia was the second state to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. As a result, Paine and his staff have been asked to share best practices around the world from North Carolina to China.
Among other accomplishments, this year West Virginia received the International Association Five Star Policy Award for Reading; earned the nation’s top technology rating given by Technology Counts 2006; revised Content Standards and Objectives to increase rigor and align curriculum with 21st century skills such as analytical thinking, communication skills and technology literacy; and developed plans for new assessment including classroom assessments for learning.
“Dr. Paine should be commended for his performance,” said Johnson. “The Board looks forward to another stellar year!”