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Steven L. Paine has joined the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) board of directors.

CLEMSON, S.C. — Steven L. Paine, who served for six years as West Virginia’s 25th superintendent of schools, has joined the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) board of directors.

A nationally recognized educator credited with transforming West Virginia’s public school instructional program, Paine is currently the educational innovation leader for BrightBytes, a San Francisco-based digital research company that has developed, among other technologies, an “early warning system” designed to predict, identify and prevent dropout risk factors so that educators can intervene, drive graduation rates and improve student learning outcomes.

Paine has also been a vice president for CTB/McGraw-Hill, a senior adviser to the McGraw-Hill Education Research Foundation and chief administrative officer for Engrade, a digital startup that is now part of McGraw-Hill. In addition to education advocacy; school system improvement; and school, district and state technology planning, Paine’s expertise includes knowledge of federal law and public policy regarding programs such as No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Paine as a new member of our board,” said Bob Collins, NDPN board chair. “He has dedicated his career to school system improvement and education public policy leadership for more than three decades. His contributions and counsel are sure to benefit our current and future efforts to reduce dropout nationwide, and improve educational outcomes for all students.”

“I’m pleased to be elected to the board at such a dynamic time for the organization,” said Paine. “I look forward to collaborating with the board in furthering NDPN’s outreach to students, educators and administrators in the ongoing effort to decrease dropout in every school district in the nation.”

A West Virginia resident for nearly 40 years, Paine earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership studies, and an Master of Arts in educational administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, West Virginia.


The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Established in 1986 with a mission to reduce dropout rates, the NDPC/N shares solutions for student success and dropout prevention through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and variety of professional development activities and conferences. The organization’s website — — is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. The NDPC/N is housed in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.