SREB and Delaware


SREB and Delaware

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Delaware participates in them.

November 2016

Appropriations from member states support core SREB services. SREB leverages the longstanding commitment of member states to attract external funding for additional programs and services that benefit member states. States may also choose to join targeted networks for additional fees.



Goals for Education | Monitoring State Policies

Monitoring and reporting to assist education leaders and policymakers as they shape public policy. SREB tracks trends and analyzes the progress of all 16 SREB states in each area in the Challenge to Lead 2020 Goals for Education and provides Legislative Reports that detail legislative and budget actions in each state.

SREB’s new Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding, or select a detailed state report. >

College and Career Readiness

Intensive work to help states implement essential components of SREB’s recommendations for statewide college and career readiness. These include assessing high school juniors to determine their progress toward the state’s readiness standards — and requiring those who are underprepared to transitional courses in 12th grade. > 

Benchmarking Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards 

Tracks and reports progress on implementation of college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms across 15 states. Based on this research, SREB staff support these states through reports, meetings and technical assistance.


In May 2016, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College-and-Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning. Seventeen reports make up the set: a cross-state trends report that describes implementation across the states highlights strong state efforts and recommends actions for improvement in the SREB region; 15 state profiles, which each describe one state’s efforts in detail; and a Project Overview and Look-Fors document.

The reports note Delaware’s strong efforts in the areas of providing guidance and tools to help educators design and deliver professional learning and learn about the standards; providing technical assistance to support local professional learning efforts; and offering professional learning to educators.


In July 2016, project staff facilitated a meeting of state education agency leaders to discuss findings and implications of the Benchmarking State Implementation of College-and-Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning reports. A participant from Delaware gave a presentation at the meeting.

Project staff presented information and facilitated dialogue on implementation of state college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms at SREB’s annual Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in October 2016. A participant from Delaware attended the meeting. >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Delaware attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 1 >

    Computer Science

    The Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology’s 2016 report challenged states to expand access for all students to education in the fields of computer science, information technology and cybersecurity.

    Educator Effectiveness

    Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals. SREB serves as technical advisor to state education agencies, conducts focus groups to help states evaluate implementation, spotlights inspiring stories of local practice and convenes stakeholders at regional meetings.

    Technical Assistance

    SREB released a case study in April 2016 based on field research conducted at three Delaware schools. Effective Teaching Communities profiles the practices that contributed to school success and offers lessons for policymakers.

    In 2016, staff responded to a state Department of Education request regarding online teaching effectiveness platforms.

    In 2016, staff provided technical assistance to Delaware Department of Education staff who are leading the implementation of the state’s educator evaluation system.

    In 2016, the SREB educator effectiveness team provided technical assistance, brokered expertise and provided policy and practice resources to Delaware state legislators and their staff, state education agency staff, district administrators, principals and teachers.


    The state Department of Education sent representatives to the SREB Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in March 2016. Department staff participated in working sessions with peers from 11 SREB states.

    reports and data

    SREB produced several resources for Delaware leaders in 2016, including:

    • State Actions to Advance Teacher Evaluation, with recommendations based on interviews, needs assessments in eight SREB states and focus groups in five SREB states
    • Educator effectiveness bill tracker interactive tool, which tracks bills across eight areas and includes teacher preparation, evaluation and professional learning information
    • The bi-weekly educator effectiveness e-newsletter >

    Teacher Preparation 

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission meets during 2016, 2017 and 2018 to develop practical and effective statewide recommendations to improve teacher preparation programs. 

    Postsecondary Education

    SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South recommended policies and practices to keep college costs within reach of all students. In addition to a final report with recommendations released in October 2016, policymakers can draw on individual state affordability profiles to better understand how these costs impact different family income levels.

    Governor John Carney and State Representative Earl Jaques co-host a College Affordability Summit in May 2017 at Delaware State University. The summit will examine key drivers of college costs, available resources to support students and families, and strategies to keep postsecondary education affordable for all Delawareans. Attendees will include state legislators, higher education, K-12 and business leaders. The Delaware Higher Education Office and SREB are partners in the convening. 

    State Services

    Connects policymakers with custom information, presentations and assistance on education issues as they arise. Leaders in member states are encouraged to contact SREB for data, analysis and advice.

    SREB staff visited Delaware to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2016.

    Throughout 2015-16, legislators and legislative and governors’ staff from Delaware requested assistance on topics, including college affordability.


    SREB state services convenes legislative and governors’ staff from across the SREB region each fall to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions. Delaware staff were among those from 10 SREB states at the 2016 meeting.

    SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council meets twice annually, once in the winter and again at the annual Legislative Work Conference. The conference is for legislators designated by their state leadership to attend. >


    Curriculum and School Improvement

    Advanced Career

    A new approach to career and technical education that combines college-readiness academics with hands-on, project-based assignments focused on modern careers. Advanced Career helps prepare students for as many options as possible after high school: a high-value job, college, community college or technical school. 

    Delaware participation in AC programs, 2016-17:

    Aerospace Engineering: 1 school

    Teachers trained: 1 >


    Professional Development
    For Teachers, Principals and Counselors

    College- and Career-Readiness Networking Conference

    Conference to share effective instructional strategies of the Literacy and Mathematics Design Collaborative frameworks. 

    Delaware attendees at the July 2016 conference: 1 >

    Go Alliance Academy

    Strives to increase the postsecondary education and career success of all students by providing timely and relevant professional development in college and career readiness to school counselors, teachers, principals, career coaches and college access advisors. 

    Delaware is one of 20 member states and one of the founding six states. 

    Go Alliance Academy Representative: Shana Payne, Director, Higher Education Office, Delaware Department of Education >

    High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference

    Annual conference for thousands of school leaders, teachers and counselors from middle grades, high schools and technology centers across the country.

    Delaware attendees at the July 2016 conference: 7 >

    Literacy and Math Professional Development

    In Delaware, SREB is partnering with the state on a large-scale effort to help districts and schools adopt, spread and sustain effective literacy and math teaching strategies to meet their state’s college- and career-readiness standards.

    The Literacy Design Collaborative framework empowers language arts, science and social studies teachers to build meaningful assignments aligned to their state’s college- and career-readiness standards. Teachers take ownership of their professional growth, and students take ownership of their learning.  

    The Mathematics Design Collaborative teaching framework uses formative assessment lessons — part assessment, part instruction — to help teachers know whether their students understand material they have been taught. Teachers learn to adapt assignments and engage students so they understand the hows and whys of math.

    Since the effort began in the 2016-17 school year, this SREB professional development has reached Delaware educators in five schools in two districts.

    Delaware teachers who have participated in training and coaching: 9

    Delaware principals who have participated in training and coaching: 4

    Delaware trainers prepared by SREB to continue local training and coaching: 5 >

    Project-Based Learning in Career Pathway Courses

    Training model for teachers in high-skill career and technical education programs and career pathway academic courses. Academic and career and technical education teachers improve assignments and assessments by working with business and industry partners to develop projects that require students to apply college- and career-readiness and technical-academic standards.

    Number of Delaware teachers and administrators in training or coaching in 2015-16: 19

    Number of participating schools in Delaware during 2015-16: 4


    Postsecondary Education

    Academic Common Market

    A tuition-savings program for college students in SREB member states who want to pursue degrees not offered by in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the in-state tuition rates.

    During calendar year 2016, approximately 2,100 degree programs were available, 151 institutions participated and nearly 3,300 new students were certified for study.

    Number of Delaware students who participated in ACM during 2016: 104

    ACM State Representative: Juliet Murawski, Delaware Department of Higher Education, Higher Education Office >​

    Regional Contract Program

    Gives students the opportunity to earn a professional health degree from participating institutions in other states through in-state tuition rates at public institutions or reduced tuition at private institutions. More than 600 students participate each year.

    Participating students from Delaware: 9 >

    Electronic Campus

    Partners with colleges and universities to give students access to more than 40,000 online courses and 4,100 online degree programs. All 16 SREB states participate in the Electronic Campus.​​

    Programs Delaware institutions provide as of April 2017: 12

    Delaware EC Representative: Shana Payne, Delaware Department of Higher Education, Higher Education Office >

    State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

    A nationwide system to open more high-quality distance education offerings for students and ease regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. 

    Delaware is an approved member of SARA.

    Delaware SARA representative: Shana Payne, Delaware Department of Higher Education, Higher Education Office >

    Fact Book and Data Exchange

    Publishes one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of comparative data through a cooperative effort of state higher education agencies. Data are updated annually on topics ranging from degree and certificate completion to faculty salaries. 

    Delaware leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, as well as Delaware: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and the annual SREB-State Data Exchange Indicators Report.

    Delaware’s Participating Agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Chesiree Wise, Delaware Higher Education Commission >

    Doctoral Scholars Program

    Supports minority students to help them earn Ph.D.s, begin careers at colleges and universities, and diversify campus faculties. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars, with more than 1,200 attendees.

    Scholars funded by Delaware in 2016-17: 0
    2016 Institute attendees from Delaware: 3

    Scholars Delaware has supported since joining in 1993: 2

    Graduates since 1993: 1
    Graduates currently employed: 1
    Percent employed in education: 0

    Delaware-supported Ph.D. students have attended these institutions since 1993:

    University of Delaware >


    Interstate Cooperatives

    Go Alliance

    An interstate cooperative to increase high school graduation rates, access to education beyond high school, and postsecondary degree completion — particularly for those who would be the first in their families to enroll. Go Alliance research, services and professional development focus on college access policy and communications strategies to motivate students to plan for and apply to college.

    Delaware is a Go Alliance member state.

    Go Alliance Representative: Shana Payne, Director, Higher Education Office, Delaware Department of Education >

    Technology Purchasing Savings

    Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved $1.7 million on $17 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2016 through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

    Delaware saved $3,679 on $37,209 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2016. >