About SREB

The Southern Regional Education Board works with states to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through doctoral education. We help policymakers make informed decisions by providing independent, accurate data and recommendations. We help educators strengthen student learning with professional development, proven practices and curricula. And we help policymakers, institutions and educators share scarce resources to accomplish more together than they could alone.

SREB is a nonpartisan, nonprofit interstate compact headquartered in Atlanta. Our 16 states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Our work is funded by appropriations from our states, as well as by contracts and grants from foundations and from local, state and federal agencies.

Improving quality of life by
advancing public education

The nation’s first regional interstate compact for education, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislators who recognized the link between education and economic vitality.

How we Work: Analyze & Publish data research, promising practices. Convene & Engage decision-makers in education, government, business. Support Action in states and schools, policy and practice.

SREB helps states focus on what works in both policy and practice.

We conduct research, collect and analyze data, publish reports and recommend actions on current and emerging issues.

We bring states together to forge consensus and work together on initiatives that would not be possible alone. We help states share scarce resources and best practices.

We work side-by-side with policymakers such as state legislators and education agency officials as they implement policies to help students achieve more. And we work directly with universities and schools to improve capacity, teaching, learning, counseling and school leadership. Targeted SREB programs work to increase the number of minority faculty, for example, or reduce out-of-state tuition for uncommon degree programs.

These sustained partnerships have built a knowledge base we draw on to advise state leaders and provide information they need for sound policies and take effective action.

Publication 201316 pages(13E04)

65 Years:
Helping States Improve Education

This timeline report highlights SREB achievements since its founding in 1948 as the nation’s first regional compact for education. Several  efforts have influenced national reform, and SREB states now lead the nation in many measures of educational progress. A list of SREB chairs is included.