How do schools transition from failing — or simply getting by — to thriving? What does it take to get truly different results for students? With a mission of preparing more students to succeed in college and the real world, education leaders are beginning to face the tough realization that they must evaluate what they’ve done in the past and make some fundamental and intentional changes to get better results for students of all backgrounds.
What works in teacher preparation? How well do a college of education’s graduates perform in the classroom? And do we really have a shortage of teachers?
For the most part, we don’t know.
Strong data systems are the most promising component to improve how colleges prepare teachers for their jobs, but bringing them into being hasn’t been simple, said Jim Wyckoff of the University of Virginia
Need-based aid for low-income students should be a priority
Leaders from 16 states are calling for states to elevate affordability for students — especially those from low-income families — as the top priority of their higher education finance policies and practices.
This week, Kentucky and Pennsylvania were approved by the Southern Regional Education Board to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). These states bring the number of participating states to 44, plus the District of Columbia.
SREB Insights interactive data tool is a user-friendly new way to navigate complex education topics and inform decisions and practice. State policymakers, thought leaders and education leaders can understand and compare trends, policies and recommended actions for reaching college- and career-readiness standards.
In less than one month, over 1,000 minority doctoral scholars will gather for the 23rd Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, hosted by the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program. During this one-of-a-kind meeting, scholars will network, meet with college recruiters, and attend insightful workshops. The goal: provide students with the tools they need to become successful professors.
As states pass new data laws for schools, policymakers should ensure these policies address transparency, privacy, security, collection, use and sharing. Most important, these systems should drive student learning and protect student and employee privacy. A new brief, Data Privacy and Security, from SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative provides states with clear recommendations for education data policies. This brief is a useful overview on two education data topics — privacy and security.
STARKVILLE, Miss.–Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi, executive director of the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) at Mississippi State University, has been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board by Gov. Phil Bryant.
West Virginia State University is the 1,000th institution to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), a nationwide initiative of states and institutions that makes distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and makes it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education while improving consumer protection.
School districts, school principals and state agencies in Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia and other states were recognized at the 30th Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, for their efforts to transform education
Five educators were honored for their work to help underprepared students succeed. These Southern Regional Education Board awards recognize outstanding teaching and leadership with SREB Readiness Courses, which help underprepared students succeed in high school and postsecondary studies.
Little Rock, Arkansas — June 26, 2016 — Governor Jon Bel Edwards of Louisiana was elected chair of the Southern Regional Education Board at the organization’s annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sunday.
Atlanta, GA — Delaware, District of Columbia, North Carolina and South Carolina are now members of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. Forty states plus DC — close to 1,000 institutions — now participate in SARA.
Atlanta, GA —Leaders from across the 16 Southern Regional Education Board states are calling, in a major new report, for states to raise the quality of early education programs and ensure they are well-coordinated across different agencies and budgets.
Atlanta, GA — This week, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi and Texas were approved by the Southern Regional Education Board to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). These states bring the number of participating states to 34, with over half of the SREB states now participating in SARA.
Teams from 16 states come together later this week at the Southern Regional Education Board’s annual State Leaders’ Forum to collaborate on strengthening career pathways that bridge the gap between high schools, community and technical colleges, and high-paying jobs.
Go Alliance is one of nine national organizations joining forces to help school counselors and other professionals support students as they prepare for college and careers. Collaboration in service to students is the goal of the new Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations, which aims to identify the competencies, knowledge and skills professionals need to advise students for postsecondary access and success.
Atlanta, GA — Nine of 16 SREB states saw an increase in average composite ACT scores for the class of 2015, and six others matched their composite score from 2014. The admission test results were released today by ACT Inc. Nationwide, the average score for the class of 2015 was 20.1, the same as it was in in 2014.
Atlanta, GA — Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee were approved by the Southern Regional Education Board this week to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). These three bring the number of participating states to 27.
North Carolina adopted transition courses early. The state’s Essentials for College Math course is based on SREB Math Ready units, and the state trained more than 150 teachers in 2014-15 and an additional 90 in summer 2015.
In the summer of 2015, the Mississippi Department of Education trained more than 200 teachers — more than 60 in Literacy Ready and 160 in Math Ready. To support these teachers, Mississippi created an SREB Ready endorsement. The state affixes an SREB Literacy Ready or SREB Math Ready endorsement to the certifications of teachers who complete the initial training and the online follow-up training.
2013 legislation in Arkansas calls for the high schools to assess students before they graduate from high school and offer transitional courses for those who do not meet college- and career-readiness standards. In response, the Arkansas Department of Education trained more than 300 educators to teach the SREB Readiness Courses — more than half of them for the Literacy Ready course, demonstrating a major commitment to literacy in Arkansas.
Atlanta, GA — Now is the time when parents and students are starting to shop for colleges for fall enrollment. For residents of any Southern Regional Education Board member state, SREB’s Academic Common Market enables them to pursue out-of-state college degrees at in-state tuition rates, through agreements among the states, colleges and universities. ACM makes available more than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Frankfort, KY — November 13, 2014 — The Southern Regional Education Board Early Childhood Commission convenes leaders this week from 16 states to study effective ways to improve preschoolers’ access to high-quality early learning. The Commission’s charge is to recommend policies that will give more young children a solid start when they enter school.
Atlanta, GA — Almost 1,300 minority doctoral students, faculty members and education leaders from across the country convene in Atlanta this week to focus on issues that face new and aspiring faculty members of color. The goal of the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the nation, is to address the shortage of minority faculty in college classrooms and labs around the nation.
Atlanta, GA — The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education has joined forces with the Southern Regional Education Board, bringing together two leading organizations focused on improving the quality of career-technical education in public high schools.
Atlanta, GA — In collaboration with partner states, the Southern Regional Education Board is field testing two courses to prepare more students for college and careers when they graduate from high school. The SREB Readiness Courses are designed to prepare students to start college in credit-bearing courses instead of remedial classes.
Atlanta, GA — Average ACT composite scores increased overall from 2013 to 2014 in the Southern Regional Education Board region, with 10 of 16 SREB states seeing an increase in scores. The number of all graduating seniors who took the test while in high school rose 3 percent. The data were released today by ACT Inc.
Melinda Gates Speaks with Teachers at Monday Keynote
Atlanta, GA — About 5,500 teachers, principals and other K-12 educators from states across the nation gather in Nashville this week at conferences hosted by the Southern Regional Education Board to help students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. All meetings take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
Atlanta, GA — More than 6,000 high school seniors across the nation will receive the 2014 High Schools That Work (HSTW) Award of Educational Achievement this spring from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).
The Award of Educational Achievement recognizes high school seniors at HSTW and Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) schools who not only complete a rigorous high school curriculum but also demonstrate their readiness to succeed in the work place or in further education after graduation.
Atlanta, GA — Comprehensive and wide-ranging work to implement the Common Core State Standards is well underway, according to Southern Regional Education Board reports that document progress in 15 states.
The State Implementation of Common Core State Standards reports identify exemplary states and practices so others can learn from them as they continue their efforts. SREB’s in-depth review documents trends across states as well as challenges such as aligning other reforms with the standards.