State School Superintendent Appointed to National Education Think-tank

March 12, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano will represent the Mountain State on the Education Commission of the States (ECS). The appointment was made by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin earlier this month. The ECS was created by states, for states, in 1965. The organization tracks state policy trends, translates academic research, provides unbiased advice and creates opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another.

"It is a great honor to be considered for this appointment and I am grateful to Gov. Tomblin," said Martirano. "As a lifelong educator, I understand the importance of research and the opportunity to exchange ideas with my peers across the country. A key component of the One Voice. One Focus. vision plan is ensure all students graduate from high school on time. Being part of the ECS team will help us better understand how other states are tackling similar issues."

ECS is the only state-focused national organization to bring together governors, state legislators, K-12 and higher education department chiefs and other education leaders. Other newly appointed members to ECS include Dr. Paul Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; Dr. Amelia Courts, president of the West Virginia Education Alliance; and, Lawrence Malone, director of policy for the West Virginia Governor's Office.

ECS is an advocacy organization. By law, the chair alternates between Democratic and Republican governors every two years therefore providing a platform for meaningful dialogue.

Unique projects provided through ECS include a State Education Policy Tracking System which includes a database of more than 36,000 education laws from 1994 to present, searchable by state, topic and year; a 50-State Database which allows states to compare laws to other states with specialized databases focusing on issues such as kindergarten, remedial education and dual enrollment; and, a Research Summary Library which allows states to base decisions on the latest academic research.

For more information contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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