SREB and Georgia


SREB and Georgia

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Georgia 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 Georgia’s strong efforts in establishing clear expectations for high-quality professional learning on state college- and career-readiness standards; and providing guidance and tools to help educators design and deliver professional learning and learn about the standards.


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. Two participants from Georgia attended 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. Eight participants from Georgia attended the meeting. >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Georgia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 11 >

    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

    In November 2016, staff provided technical assistance to Georgia 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 Georgia 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.

    A state team from Georgia attended the SREB Teacher Evaluation Meeting in November 2016. State teams included multiple stakeholders: state agency leaders, state teacher association representatives, district superintendents, principals and classroom teachers.

    reports and data

    SREB produced several resources for Georgia 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
    • Effective Teaching Communities, based on a case study of three high-needs, high-performing schools in Delaware
    • 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.

    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 Georgia to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2016.

    Throughout 2015-16, legislators and legislative and governors’ staff from Georgia requested assistance on topics, including home and charter school student interscholastic athletics participation, state-level need-based financial aid and tuition data.


    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. Georgia 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. 

    Georgia participation in AC programs, 2015-16:

    • Clean Energy Technology:1 school
    • Energy and Power: 1 school
    • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 3 schools
    • Innovations in Science and Technology: 3 schools
    • Integrated Production Technologies: 1 school
    • Teachers trained: 9 >

    Readiness Courses:
    Math Ready and Literacy Ready

    Courses specifically designed to help underprepared students succeed in the next phase of education. 

    Ready for college

    Courses to teach young adults the reading, writing and math skills they must have to succeed in college. Taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems.

    In 2015-16, 78 Georgia teachers from 56 schools participated in training for the courses.

    Ready for high school

    New courses for the transition from middle grades to high school. Underprepared students take the classes in eighth or ninth grade.

    Teachers from Georgia participated in developing, field testing and reviewing the new courses. >

    High Schools That Work

    The nation’s largest school improvement program. HSTW strategies transform high schools into places where all students master complex academic and technical concepts. More than 1,150 schools in 30 states use the framework and its six design features and nine key practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

    HSTW State Network

    Member states select schools to receive services. The fee for state membership in the consortium covers several services and visits.

    Georgia is a member of the High Schools That Work state network.  

    HSTW Board Member: Barbara Wall, Director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, Georgia Department of Education  

    HSTW State Coordinator: John Pritchett, Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Curriculum Coordinator, Georgia Department of Education  

    Contracts for Direct Support

    Schools, districts and states contract with SREB for targeted school improvement services such as onsite coaching, technical assistance and professional development. 

    12 Georgia schools contracted for direct services in 2015-16.  SREB delivered 120 days of onsite coaching and 48 days of onsite staff development at the schools. 

    In addition, SREB is working with Gwinnett County Schools to develop career academies in several high schools. >

    Making Middle Grades Work

    Engages state, district and school leaders in partnerships with teachers, students, parents and the community to raise student achievement in the middle grades. In addition to workshops and school visits, SREB links schools to the professional development resources they need. The network includes over 650 schools in 20 states.

    Georgia is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network, with 14 active schools in 2015-16. SREB delivered 30 days of onsite coaching and 18 days of onsite staff development to the schools. >

    Counseling for Careers

    Awakens students to career goals and connects them to the high school and postsecondary programs of study to succeed in them. SREB offers workshops, materials and coaching for districts, schools and technology centers, which then involve teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and community partners.

    In Georgia, 54 districts participate through regional and district-level professional development and coaching. SREB is partnering with the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to help schools increase parent and community partnerships for career exploration.


    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. 

    Georgia attendees at the July 2016 conference: 4 >

    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. 

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

    Go Alliance Academy Representative: Dianne Thompson, Director, Office of Advisement and Counseling, Gwinnett County Public Schools >

    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.

    Georgia attendees at the July 2016 conference: 173 >

    Learning-Centered Leadership Program

    Works with district, state and university partners to prepare aspiring principals and school leadership teams to lead school reform to ensure that students are ready for college and careers. This program offers training, guidance and technical assistance.

    Georgia attendees at the 2016 Annual Leadership Forum: 15 >

    Literacy and Math Professional Development

    In Georgia, SREB is partnering 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 multi-year effort began in the 2015-16 school year, this SREB professional development has reached Georgia educators in 24 schools in four districts.

    Georgia teachers who have participated in training and coaching: 175

    Georgia principals who have participated in training and coaching: 13

    Georgia trainers prepared by SREB to continue local training and coaching: 7

    “Before LDC, some students were removed from class discussions — or if they were participating, they were really just going through the motions. With LDC, students were genuinely interested. They became enthusiastic during group work. Students were invested.” — Quinton Granville, former seventh-grade reading and social studies teacher, Atlanta Public Schools >

    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 Georgia teachers and administrators in training or coaching in 2015-16: 9

    Number of participating schools in Georgia during 2015-16: 1


    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 2015, approximately 1,900 degree programs were available, 150 institutions participated and nearly 3,200 new students were certified for study.

    Number of Georgia students who participated in ACM during 2015: 780

    ACM State Representative: Deborah Sullivan, Program Manager, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia >​

    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 Georgia: 34

    Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Georgia programs in 2016-17: 75

    Residents of other states may contract for entry into University of Georgia in veterinary medicine. This institution receives more than $1 million annually from other SREB states. >

    Electronic Campus

    Partners with colleges and universities to give students access to more than 10,000 online courses and almost 4,000 online degree programs. All 16 SREB states participate in the Electronic Campus.

    Programs Georgia institutions provide as of November 2016: 345

    Georgia EC Representatives: Susanna Baxter, Executive Director, Georgia Independent Colleges Association (Independent Colleges and Universities) 

    Robert Keown, Executive Director, Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (Technical Colleges)

    Jon Sizemore, Assistant Chancellor for Distance Education, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, (State Colleges and Universities) >

    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 online courses in other states. 

    Georgia is an approved member of SARA. >

    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. 

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

    Georgia’s Participating Agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators: Angela Bell and Tracey Cook, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

    Richard Young and Cynthia Lee, Technical College System of Georgia >

    Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing

    Helps expand and strengthen schools of nursing to reduce the critical shortage of nurse educators needed to educate the nation’s registered nurses. The Council surveys institutions for nursing education trends and shares online graduate nursing courses.

    Thirteen Georgia institutions are members (listed here with their representatives to the Council):

    Albany State University: Cathy Williams, Chair
    Armstrong State University: Catherine Gilbert, Chair
    Augusta University: Lucy Marion, Dean
    College of Coastal Georgia: Patricia Kraft, Dean
    Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University: Linda Streit, Dean
    Georgia College and State University: Judith Malachowski, Vice Provost
    Georgia Southwestern State University: Sandra Daniel, Dean
    Georgia State University: Nancy Kropf, Dean
    Kennesaw State University: Tommie Nelms, Director
    Middle Georgia State University: Donna Ingram, Chair
    University of West Georgia: Jennifer Schuessler, Dean
      SREB Nursing Council Board Member
    Valdosta State University: Sheri Noviello, Dean
      SREB Nursing Council Nominating Committee
    Wesleyan College: Sirena Sawyer Fritz, Dean >

    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 Georgia in 2016-17: 62
    2015 Institute attendees from Georgia: 98

    Scholars Georgia has supported since joining in 1993: 171

    Graduates since 1993: 100
    Graduates currently employed: 84
    Percent employed in education: 82

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

    Georgia Health Sciences University
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Georgia Regents University
    Georgia State University
    Medical College of Georgia
    University of Georgia >


    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.

    Georgia is a Go Alliance member state.

    Go Alliance Representative: TBA >

    Educational Technology Cooperative

    Membership group of state K-12 and higher education coordinating and governing boards that represent more than 800 colleges and universities and 3,100 school districts in SREB states. The ETC focuses member agencies and state policymakers on using technology wisely, helps states understand technology issues, and forms an action agenda for effectively using technology in education. 

    Georgia representatives attended the spring and summer webinars. Georgia sent two attendees to the 2016 ETC annual meeting, with a theme of Access and Affordability. Jeff Gallant, program director for the Board of Regents Library Services, conducted a presentation on Affordable Learning Georgia. Georgia ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology and served on working groups for revisions. Robert Keown of Georgia Virtual Technical Connection served as team leader for the 10 Issues educational innovation working group and is a member of the ETC Executive Committee.

    Georgia ETC Representative and Member Agency: Robert Keown, Executive Director, Georgia Virtual Technical Connection, Technical College System of Georgia >

    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.

    Georgia saved $162,262 on $1,640,630 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2016. >