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West Virginia Superintendent of Schools to Retire

October 29, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Dr. Steven Paine announced Friday that he will be retiring by Jan. 3, 2011. Paine began his teaching career in West Virginia in 1978 and has served as West Virginia’s superintendent of schools since 2005.

“It has been an honor to serve the students of West Virginia,” Paine said. “My decision to leave the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) comes after much deliberation but I know it is the right time to close this chapter of my educational career.” 

Under Paine’s leadership, West Virginia has been internationally and nationally recognized for its 21st century learning program called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it. Through Global21, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.

The WVDE is committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public high school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards.

Led by Paine, West Virginia is deeply engaged in systemically transforming its public school system with the goal of providing all West Virginia children the skills that will enable them to excel in a fiercely competitive global world. West Virginia's Global21 program is focused on the development of internationally rigorous and relevant curriculum standards; a balanced assessment strategy; research-based instructional practices; a parallel accountability system; aligned teacher preparation programs; development of a 21st century leadership continuum; emphasis on pre-K programs; and integration of technology tools and skills in every classroom.

Paine has been 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.

“I moved from Ohio to West Virginia in 1973 as a college freshman at Fairmont State and fell in love with West Virginia, which makes leaving a job I love bittersweet,” Paine said. “There is no good time to leave a job like mine but by doing so now, I give the Board of Education the opportunity to conduct a thorough search for my replacement and help ease the transition to the next person. I don’t know what my next career steps will be but I am confident that my talented colleagues at the WVDE will continue to lead the state’s educational system with the best interests of children in mind.

I am grateful and thankful to have served with the finest teachers, service staff and administrators in this nation.  I have benefited richly from my time spent in classrooms, schools and districts throughout the course of this journey.”
 
West Virginia Board of Education President Priscilla Haden said Paine will be missed.
 
“It’s never a good thing to lose a superintendent, especially one of Dr. Paine’s caliber,” Haden said. “Dr. Paine has done a great job for West Virginia. He always tries to do what is best for our kids. On behalf of the state board, I wish him well in his future endeavors.”

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