State Superintendent of Schools Receives Top Marks

June 13, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _West Virginia Board of Education members recognized state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine for an “exemplary job.”  

The board conducted Paine’s yearly evaluation during its June meeting in Charleston.  

“Dr. Paine has more than exceeded our expectations as superintendent of West Virginia’s public schools,” said Jenny Phillips, who chaired his evaluation committee. “His vision for education in the 21st century has gained West Virginia national attention. Providing the skills students need to succeed in the global world, closing the achievement gap for special needs and minority students, and developing the infrastructure for a state-of-the-art educational technology system are some key accomplishments.”  

Paine has served as West Virginia's 25th state superintendent of schools since July 1, 2005. Under his leadership, West Virginia has been nationally recognized for its 21st Century Learning initiative, Pre-k programs, school technology implementation, reading initiatives and teacher quality efforts.  

Only months after taking over the job in 2005, Paine was instrumental in West Virginia becoming only the second state to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. As a result, Paine and his staff have been asked to share best practices around the world from North Carolina to China.  

Among other accomplishments, West Virginia has received the International Association Five Star Policy Award for Reading; earned the nation’s top technology rating given by Technology Counts; revised its content standards and objectives to increase rigor and align curriculum with 21st century skills such as analytical thinking, communication skills and technology literacy; and developed plans for new assessment including classroom assessments for learning.  

“Dr. Paine should be commended for his performance,” said Board President Lowell Johnson. “The Board looks forward to another stellar year!”  

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