RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- -

Virginia's top public school administrator is retiring in May from the position she's held since 2008.

The state Department of Education said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright announced her retirement on Tuesday.

Wright was appointed to the position by Gov. Tim Kaine in 2008 and was reappointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2010. She also served as acting superintendent under Gov. Mark Warner in 2006 and early 2007.

During her tenure, Wright oversaw a revision of the state's Standards of Learning tests to focus on college and career readiness. She also promoted the expanded use of technology in schools.

The Brunswick County native taught mathematics for 10 years at the secondary and middle school levels in Sussex County and Chesterfield County before joining the state agency in 1985.