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State Superintendent of Schools

Steven L. Paine, Ed.D.

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Dr. Steven L. Paine began serving as West Virginia’s 31st Superintendent of Schools in March 2017. He previously served as West Virginia’s 25th Superintendent of Schools from 2005-2011.

Under his leadership, West Virginia was internationally and nationally recognized for its 21st century learning program. The state was also singled out for its work with pre-K programs, school technology implementation, school leadership development programs, reading initiatives and teacher quality efforts.

Paine was 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 helped lead its work to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as The Nation's Report Card.

Paine joined the West Virginia Department of Education in 2003 as deputy state superintendent of Schools after serving as Morgan County superintendent. He also has served as principal, assistant principal, teacher and curriculum director in school systems in Upshur and Harrison counties.

During his tenure as principal, Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School was named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School and a U.S. Department of Education Safe, Disciplined, Drug-free School, one of approximately 10 schools in the nation to earn both awards. As a result of his work as a principal, he was named a recipient of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

Paine earned his undergraduate degree from Fairmont State College, in Fairmont, W.Va. He furthered his education by attending West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., where he received his master's in educational administration and his doctorate in educational leadership.