Leadership and Vision Noted Among Top Qualities of the State Superintendent

June 10, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Board of Education members on Tuesday recognized state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine for what they describe as an “exemplary job.”  
The board conducted Paine’s yearly evaluation during its monthly meeting.  During Paine’s tenure as state superintendent of schools, the West Virginia Department of Education has adopted “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.”
Global21 helps public schools expand instruction models and guide all children toward mastery of higher level core subjects and complex concepts, including problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. Also as part of Global21, the West Virginia Department of Education has aligned its assessment system with the new core curriculum and is offering professional development to educators in 21st century teaching techniques. 
“Dr. Paine’s job performance exceeds our expectations,” said Board President Delores W. Cook. “He is an outstanding visionary and leader. He has brought prestige to our state and worked diligently in all aspects of education in West Virginia.”
Through his leadership and guidance, Paine has established the state’s public school system as a national leader. Paine is active in national education policy discussions as a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Board of Directors, the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) Board of Directors, and as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board. As part of the Governing Board, Paine helps lead its work to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as The Nation's Report Card.
“Dr. Paine has a vast knowledge of current education issues and has a great ability to communicate and inspire,” said Board Secretary Jenny Phillips. “We are most fortunate to have a person of his caliber to head the state educational system.”
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558-2699. 

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