SREB and West Virginia

Overview

SREB and West Virginia

An overview of SREB programs and services and how West Virginia 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.

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Policy

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.

SREB.org/Insights >

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.

SREB.org/Readiness > 

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.

PUBLICATIONS

In spring 2017, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Alignment of Instructional Materials.

In May 2016, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning.

These reports include a regional report that describes implementation across the states, highlights strong state efforts and recommends actions for improvement — plus 16 state profiles that describe each state’s efforts in detail, highlight notable actions and offer recommendations for moving forward.

The alignment of instructional materials report notes West Virginia’s strong efforts in using data to continuously improve state efforts.

The professional learning report notes West Virginia’s strong efforts in the areas of establishing clear expectations for high-quality professional learning on state college- and career-readiness standards and providing other support for professional learning, such as technology and flexibility for innovation.

Meetings 

In July 2016, project staff facilitated a virtual 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. Three participants from West Virginia attended the meeting; one of those West Virginia participants gave a presentation.

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 West Virginia attended the meeting. 

INTERACTIVE DATA

In 2016, SREB launched its Insights tool to help policymakers compare and understand state policy and practice. Users can explore data from these and other SREB reports.

SREB.org/Benchmarking >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

West Virginia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 5

    SREB.org/CTE >

    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 a technical advisor to state education agencies, conducts needs assessments and focus groups to help states plan and evaluate implementation, spotlights inspiring stories of local practice and convenes stakeholders at regional meetings.

    Technical Assistance

    SREB partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education to support implementation of a statewide educator effectiveness strategy. The strategy proposes to improve district capacity through the awarding of professional learning grants for school administrators and the expansion of Learning Schools, a program supported by the West Virginia State Board of Education. SREB staff visited the Department in March 2017 to help implement the statewide strategy.

    In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided technical assistance, brokered expertise and provided policy and practice resources to West Virginia state legislators and their staff, state education agency staff, district administrators, principals and teachers.

    convenings

    The West Virginia Department of Education sent representatives to the SREB’s Fifth Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in March 2017. They participated in working sessions with peers from nine other SREB states.

    State lawmakers attended SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council Winter Meeting in December 2016. SREB staff presented to attendees on teacher preparation and teacher recruitment strategies. 

    SREB staff presented to attendees of the SREB Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in October 2016.

    reports and data

    SREB produced several resources for West Virginia leaders during the last 12 months, including:

    Information Request Series, first published in January 2017, features our responses to SREB stakeholders’ questions. Topics covered include educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention incentives.

    Insights Tool, published in July 2016, catalogs state approaches to the design and implementation of educator evaluation systems.

    Educator Effectiveness Bill Tracker interactive tool, updated weekly, allows constituents to track legislative bills across eight areas, including teacher preparation, evaluation and professional learning.

    The bi-weekly Educator Effectiveness e-newsletter.

    SREB.org/EE >

    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

    Affordability

    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 the October 2016 report, policymakers can draw on individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels and on a Promising State Policies and Practices report featuring cost reduction strategies.

    High School Graduate Projections

    West Virginia registrants participated in a February 2017 webinar SREB co-hosted with the  Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education on WICHE’s Knocking at the College Door projections of high school graduates.

     

    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 West Virginia to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2017.

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators and legislative and governors’ staff from West Virginia requested assistance on topics including community colleges, career and technical education, higher education governance and teacher preparation.

    Meetings 

    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. West Virginia 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.

    SREB.org/StateServices >

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    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. 

    West Virginia was the lead state partnering with SREB to develop the AC Energy and Power curriculum. West Virginia participation in AC programs, 2016-17:

    • Aerospace Engineering: 1 school
    • Clean Energy Technology: 1 school
    • Energy and Power: 11 schools
    • Health Informatics: 2 schools
    • Informatics: 1 school
    • Innovations in Science and Technology: 3 schools
    • Integrated Production Technologies: 3 schools
    • Teachers trained: 17

    SREB.org/AC >

    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

    West Virginia uses transitional courses, including an option for the SREB Readiness 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.

    West Virginia is one of 10 states that have participated in developing, field testing, training or piloting Ready for High School Literacy or Ready for High School Math

    SREB.org/Ready >

    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.

    The West Virginia Department of Education was honored with the Exceptional Transformation of CTE Centers Statewide Award at the July 2016 HSTW Conference.

    SREB.org/HSTW >

    Technology Centers That Work

    Helps shared-time centers produce high-demand, high-wage graduates. SREB provides staff development, technical assistance, publications and assessment services. The network includes almost 200 sites in 18 states.

    Active centers in West Virginia in 2015-16: 22

    SREB.org/TCTW >

    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 preparation for statewide implementation, West Virginia is piloting Counseling for Careers in 24 schools.

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    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. 

    West Virginia attendees at the July 2016 conference: 44

    SREB.org/NetworkingConference >

    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.

    West Virginia attendees at the July 2016 conference: 213

    SREB.org/SummerConference >

    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.

    The staff of the West Virginia Center for Professional Development were trained on SREB leadership modules and redelivered training across the state through an agreement with SREB.

    SREB.org/LCLP >

    Literacy and Math Professional Development

    In West Virginia, SREB is partnering with the state on a largescale 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 three-year effort began in the 2015-16 school year, this SREB professional development has reached West Virginia​ educators in 35 schools in 14 districts.

    West Virginia​ teachers who have participated in training and coaching: 186

    West Virginia​ principals who have participated in training and coaching: 40

    West Virginia​ trainers prepared by SREB to continue local training and coaching: 20

    “Students who had not seen success in a ‘normal’ math class were seeing success with the MDC lessons. Students who were never interested in math were excited and totally engaged.”  — Brittany Dameron,  math teacher, Riverside High School in Belle (Kanawha County School District)

    SREB.org/LDCMDC >

    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 West Virginia teachers and administrators in training or coaching in 2015-16: 45

    Number of participating schools in West Virginia during 2015-16: 20

    Teaching to Lead

    Helps states redesign programs that prepare business professionals to become career and technical education teachers through an alternative certification route. New CTE teachers gain knowledge and skills to manage a classroom of diverse students; plan challenging, work-related assignments; motivate students to complete assignments; and assess student progress.

    The West Virginia Division of Technical, Adult and Institutional Education supports four teacher-educators at West Virginia University Institute of Technology to lead the year-long professional development. West Virginia participation:

    • 30 new CTE teachers during the 2014-15 school year
    • 52 teachers during the 2015-16 school year
    • 56 new CTE teachers in the 2016-17 school year

    “I count on these new teachers to speak on behalf of my school. They really have a grasp of advocacy.” —  West Virginia administrator

    “I have been asked to share my new teaching strategies with experienced teachers at my school because they see how engaged my students are.” —  West Virginia teacher

    SREB.org/Teaching-Lead >

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    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 West Virginia students who participated in ACM during 2016: 59

    ACM State Representative: Mark Stotler, Director of Academic Programming, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    SREB.org/ACM >​

    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 West Virginia: 2

    SREB.org/RCP >

    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 West Virginia institutions provide as of April 2017: 27

    West Virginia EC Representative: Roxann Humbert, Founding and Exeuctive Director, WVROCKS, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    ElectronicCampus.org >

    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. ​

    West Virginia is an approved member of SARA.

    West Virginia SARA representative: Mark Stotler, Director of Academic Programming, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    In August 2016, West Virginia State University became the 1,000th institution to participate in SARA.

    SREB.org/SARA >

    Fact Book and Data Exchange

    Publishes one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of comparative data through a cooperative effort of state postsecondary education agencies. Data are updated annually on topics including population demographics, college completion, tuition and fees, cost of attendance, state appropriations and faculty salaries. 

    West Virginia leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, as well as West Virginia: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and the annual SREB State Data Exchange tables.

    West Virginia’s Participating Agencies and SREB State Data Exchange Coordinators: Jeannie Reed, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
    Sherri Nash, West Virginia Department of Education

    SREB.org/FactBook >

    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.

    As of June 2017, one West Virginia institution is a member (listed here with its representatives to the Council):

    West Virginia University: Tara Hulsey, Dean, 
      SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee President

    SREB.org/Nursing >

    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 West Virginia in 2016-17: 29
    2016 Institute attendees from West Virginia: 18

    Scholars West Virginia has supported since joining in 1993: 67

    Graduates since 1993: 29
    Graduates currently employed: 26
    Percent employed in education: 65

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

    Marshall University
    Ohio University
    University of Kentucky
    University of Maryland-Baltimore County
    University of Oregon
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    West Virginia University

    SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

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    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.

    West Virginia is a Go Alliance member state.

    Go Alliance Representative: Jessica Kennedy, Director of Communications Outreach, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    SREB.org/GoAlliance >

    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. 

    West Virginia representatives attended the spring and summer webinars. West Virginia sent two attendees to the 2016 ETC annual meeting, with a theme of Access and Affordability. West Virginia ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology and served on the working groups for revisions. Rebecca Butler of the West Virginia Department of Education previously served on the ETC Executive Committee.

    West Virginia participated in the ETC Intrastate Networking Visits in August 2016, hosted at Marshall University, South Charleston campus in West Virginia. Participants from the state Department of Education, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, New River Community College, Marshall University, West Virginia University, West Virginia Library Commission, West Virginia Regional Technology Park, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System engaged in discussion of topics to improve collaboration across education systems in West Virginia to gain efficiency and K-20 alignment.

    West Virginia ETC Representatives and Member Agencies: Rebecca Butler, Assistant Director, Instructional Technology, West Virginia Department of Education

    Roxann Humbert, Founding and Executive Director of WVROCKS, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    SREB.org/EdTech >

    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.

    West Virginia saved $57,683 on $583,267 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2016.

    SREB.org/TechPurchasing >