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There are 2305 publications in our database. Some of the most requested publications are shown in the list below. Click a link below to view publication details, or use the search box above to find a specific publication.

1. Preparing Students for Multiple Options Beyond High School Details
Description: This newsletter looks at ways schools can ensure more students are college- and career-ready by creating optional career pathways aligned to high-demand, high-wage careers. The best practices were presented at the HSTW Staff Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in 2014.
Publication #: 15V05W
Details: 9 pages, 2015
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2. Toward Better Teaching: A View of Evaluation Policies, Practices and Lessons in SREB States Details
Description: To provide more helpful feedback to teachers, many SREB states have embarked on major changes to their teacher evaluation policies in recent years. State policies vary across the region for everything from how often teachers are evaluated to whether the systems are state- or district-designed. States can learn much from one another as they now address emerging challenges inherent in such complex changes. This first report in SREB’s new educator effectiveness series details policies state by state and offers lessons learned though brief case studies of experiences in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Above all, communication and stakeholder involvement are imperative, the report says.
Publication #: 13E08
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3. Trends in State-Run Virtual Schools in the SREB Region Details
Description: This report — SREB’s seventh on the region’s state-run virtual schools — describes five trends that have emerged in these schools in the past three years. SREB states have been leaders in establishing state-run virtual schools and now are taking the lead in ensuring that all students have access to online learning, that students experience online learning before graduating from high school, that course providers provide quality instruction, and that sufficient and stable funding is available.
Publication #: 13T01
Details: February 2013; 16 pages; free
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4. Reaching Higher Ground: SREB States Outpace U.S. Growth in High School Graduation Rates Details
Description: The 2002 Challenge to Lead Goals for Education called for SREB states to raise the percentages of all groups of students graduating from high school to above the national average, as part of the region’s mission “to lead the nation in educational progress.” Detailed in this SREB Policy on Point report, the gains made by the region as a whole and by individual states since that time have been remarkable. Almost every SREB state increased its high school graduation rate from 1999 to 2009, and more than half outpaced the nation’s gains.
Publication #: 12E12w
Details: August 2012; 6 pages; free; available online only
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5. A New Mission for the Middle Grades: Preparing Students for a Changing World Details
Description: This major report by the SREB Middle Grades Commission, led by Governor Beverly Perdue of North Carolina, issues an urgent call for SREB states to improve student achievement in the middle grades so that students are ready for success in rigorous high school courses and, ultimately, better prepared to graduate and proceed to college or technical training. A New Mission for the Middle Grades offers a comprehensive roadmap for change, with six goals and several specific recommendations, including focusing the middle grades curriculum on literacy and STEM disciplines, and requiring middle grades students to complete individual academic and career plans.
Publication #: 11E15
Details: 22 pages; Web only
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6. Skills for a Lifetime: Teaching Students the Habits of Success Details
Description: Based on more than two decades of SREB research and experience, this book outlines the specific tools for building the major characteristics — or habits of success — that all students need in high school, postsecondary studies, advanced training and careers. With creative teacher tools, lesson ideas and guidance from educators with proven success in this effort, the book offers schools and districts a comprehensive framework for helping more students become independent, successful learners. Click "Download," below, to view the Foreword and Introduction.
Publication #: 10V25
Details: 2010; 260 pages; $10 each or $8 each for 10 or more copies
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7. No Time to Waste: Policy Recommendations for Increasing College Completion Details
Description: States need to place a major focus on increasing the numbers of students who complete college degrees and career certificates toward the goal of having 60 percent of working-age adults earning some type of high-quality credential by the year 2025, a major new report and set of recommendations from the Southern Regional Education Board urges. No Time to Waste: Policy Recommendations for Improving College Completion, challenges states to become national leaders in increasing college completion. The report includes 10 major policy recommendations for states to pursue including setting specific and ambitious goals for raising the numbers of each degree type and graduation rates at each institution, system and statewide; better measures of progress to show education attainment levels and how various groups of students are faring, including transfer and part-time students; more attention to college costs and targeted financial aid for the neediest students, high school students’ readiness for college-level work, institutional practices that can help more students succeed, greater efficiency in institutions’ and systems’ operations, clearing an efficient path to degrees for students, bringing many more adults back to college who did not finish degrees and certificates, and more. SREB states have between 26 and 44 percent of adults ages 25 to 64 with a two- or four-year college degree. Data is incomplete on the percentage of adults who hold career/technical certificates, which is one of many issues states need to address. Many state and national leaders with varying views on higher education policy issues served on an SREB advisory panel that contributed to the report.
Publication #: 10E10
Details: 2010; 22 pages; free
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8. A Smart Move in Tough Times: How SREB States Can Strengthen Adult Learning and the Work Force Details
Description: This report, part of the Challenge to Lead education goals series, examines the impact of an undereducated work force and calls for making adult learning programs a priority across the SREB region especially during the current recession. A Smart Move tracks declining enrollment in adult learning programs in many SREB states and urges states to make a wise second investment in adults beyond the one the K-12 education system has already made in them, particularly those who need basic job skills, preparation for taking the GED tests, and assistance in learning English as a second language. The report outlines actions SREB states can take to help more adults without high school credentials complete adult learning programs and provides examples states can follow.
Publication #: 10E06
Details: 22 pages; 2010; $5
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9. Promoting a Culture of Student Success: How Colleges and Universities Are Improving Degree Completion Details
Author: A. Paul Bradley Jr.of The Bradley Group and Cheryl D. Blanco.
Description: Fewer than one-third of degree-seeking, full-time freshmen in the nation's public four-year institutions graduate in four years. To help raise this rate, SREB examined many strategies that public institutions are using to help more students earn bachelor's degrees, with particular attention to students in regional colleges and universities who often face academic and/or economic disadvantages. This report summarizes 15 institutions' successful approaches to improving graduation rates, provides specific strategies that campus leaders can use and profiles each of the 15 institutions.
Publication #: 10E02
Details: 46 pages; 2010; Available in digital format only
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10. A Critical Mission: Making Adolescent Reading an Immediate Priority in SREB States Details
Description: Nationwide, students in the middle grades and high school are failing to develop the reading and writing skills they need in order to meet higher academic standards. This major new SREB report on adolescent literacy discusses the urgency of the problem in depth and presents specific solutions for SREB states based on the recommendations of the SREB Committee to Improve Reading and Writing in Middle and High Schools, chaired by Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia, the SREB Board chair. The report includes a message from SREB President Dave Spence and status reports on recent state actions on the issue.
Publication #: 09E01
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11. #12 Literacy Across the Curriculum: Setting and Implementing Goals for Grades Six through 12 Details
Description: This volume is essential for state, district and school leaders who plan to implement schoolwide literacy programs. It provides concrete, research-based steps not only to raise reading and writing achievement but also to help students learn more in every class by using literacy skills. The guide focuses on five literacy goals: reading 25 books across the curriculum; writing weekly in all classes; using reading and writing strategies; writing research papers; and taking rigorous language arts classes. Click "Download publication" to view the first chapter of this publication. Site Development Guide #12.
Publication #: 03V63
Details: 2003: $10 or $6.50 each for 10 or more
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