Top State School Leader Exceeds Expectations

June 09, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine received his report card on Wednesday as part of his yearly job performance review. During its monthly board meeting, West Virginia Board of Education members recognized Paine for what they describe as an “exemplary job.”  

“Dr. Paine is an exceptional leader,” said Board President Priscilla Haden. “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.”
Paine is active in national education policy discussions as president of the Council of Chief State School Officers and as a member of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) Board of Directors and 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.
Paine’s leadership resulted in the adoption of the state’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.” Global21 helps public schools move beyond outdated instruction models and guide all children toward mastery of higher level core subjects and complex concepts, including problem solving, critical thinking,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. 
Paine also has provided vision related to the West Virginia Collaborative Teams Network (CTN). The CTN has been designed to enhance school-based decision-making through a distributed leadership model that supports local ownership of the structures, processes and practices that bring about school improvement.
“We are so fortunate to have Dr. Paine,” said Board Vice President Jenny Phillips. “Dr. Paine’s knowledge of current education issues is amazing. He has a great ability to work cooperatively with others, communicate and inspire.”
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.  

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