SREB Governors, Legislators Cited for Improving Education
A new national report cites the longtime collaboration of SREB and the member states as an important factor in improving public education. Building a Grad Nation is the fourth annual update from the Grad Nation campaign to end the high school dropout epidemic. The report is by Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education.
“Results are in, and southern states have outpaced the nation in most aspects of graduation rate improvement,” the report notes. Here are other highlights:
“The Southern Regional Education Board, founded in 1948 by governors and legislators as a … compact for advancing education as the underpinning of economic advancement in an impoverished region, was also an important contributor.
“SREB’s work — policy, research, and practice addressing local and state needs — provides a backbone for sustained educational focus across leadership changes and a forum for states to share lessons. In addition, a bipartisan galaxy of southern education governors pushed reform agendas and garnered sustained funding for educational initiatives in partnership with legislatures. Accountability and assessment were prevalent well before No Child Left Behind, although NCLB clearly accelerated the focus on accountability for both achievement gaps and graduation rates.” Read more in "Case Study: The South," beginning on Page 40 of the report.
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