WASHINGTON (October 25, 2007) – West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Steven L. Paine has been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board to serve a four-year term, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced today. Four other new board members and two reappointments were also announced, and their terms are effective immediately.
In joining the Governing Board, Paine will help lead its work to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as The Nation’s Report Card™. The assessment makes objective information on student performance available to policy-makers and the public at the national, state, and local levels, and has served an important role in evaluating the condition and progress of American education for more than three decades.
“We are delighted to welcome Steven Paine to the Governing Board,” said Governing Board Chairman Darvin M. Winick. “His experience and insight will be a major asset in efforts to oversee The Nation’s Report Card—the most valuable benchmark we have for monitoring student progress.”
Paine has been State Superintendent of Schools of the West Virginia Department of Education since 2005. His accomplishments include the design and implementation of a comprehensive school reform agenda—the Framework for High Performing Schools for 21st Century Learners—and the redesign of the Statewide Assessment System. Paine has previously served as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, county superintendent, and deputy state superintendent.
Paine joins a group of governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators and researchers, business representatives, and members of the general public who make up the 26-member Board. In addition to Paine, other new board members include Louis Fabrizio, Henry Kranendonk, Susan Pimentel, and Warren Smith, Sr. Reappointed board members include David Gordon and Kathi King.
In overseeing The Nation’s Report Card, the Governing Board determines subjects to be tested as well as the content and achievement levels for each test, and works to inform the public about test results. More information about the Governing Board and its work can be found at http://nagb.org. More information about The Nation’s Report Card™ can be found at http://nationsreportcard.gov.
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The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators and researchers, business representatives, and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for NAEP.