High school graduation is one of
life’s great milestones, propelling adolescents into adulthood.
During these years, schools must prepare students for as many
options as possible: college, career and life as productive
SREB’s Advanced Career courses
provide an alternative way to address student learning gaps by
challenging students with hands-on projects that require the
application of academic concepts. AC projects embed
college-preparatory literacy, math, science and problem-solving
skills while mirroring the real workplace problems and tasks
tackled by industry professionals.
Part of the ongoing work of SREB’s Dual Enrollment Initiative,
this comprehensive review is intended to help policymakers better
understand what the research tells us (and what it doesn’t) about
dual enrollment. The research analyzes more than 500 journal
articles, master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, web documents
and books from 1959 to 2019.
Explore how SREB’s eight
Powerful Science Instructional Practices engage
students in gathering, analyzing and reasoning with data,
designing studies and experiments, learning and using the
language of science and engineering, cultivating strong literacy
and math skills, and much more.
Students need learning experiences connected with the world of
work to equip them to enter the workforce and secure
good jobs. This report provides an overview of funding for career
and technical education and a detailed look at CTE
funding models in Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South
Carolina and West Virginia. Produced by SREB for the Kentucky
Career and Technical Education Task Force, it also offers
considerations for actions to improve CTE.
Graduation rates are up again in states across the nation – and SREB states lead the pack once again in data released this week by the United States Department of Education.
Graduation rates climbed in 11 of the 16 SREB states between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Ten SREB states tied or exceeded the national rate. Three of the SREB states were on the list of top 10 states: Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas.
Over the past decade, SREB state policy-makers have focused on
actions to reduce dropout rates and increase high school
graduation rates. Some policymakers have suggested that raising
their state’s compulsory attendance age (often called the dropout
age) to require students to stay in school until age 17 or 18 is
an important step.
SREB’s Commission on Career and Technical Education offered eight
actions states can take to build rigorous, relevant career
pathways. Supported by policies and practices described in
the report, these actions can help states increase the
percentage of young adults earning valuable industry and
Labor market economists project that by 2020, two-thirds or more
of all jobs will require some postsecondary education — either a
certificate, a credential or a degree at the associate level or
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.
This policy brief summarizes class-size reduction
policies across the region, reviews research on the issue,
and offers recommendations on how states might make sensible
adjustments without jeopardizing student achievement.
Report of the Committee to Improve Reading and Writing in Middle
and High Schools
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 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.
For nearly a decade, states have had flexibility in collecting
and reporting graduation rate data for state and federal
accountability purposes. But in 2008, the U.S. Department of
Education issued new guidelines that require all states to report
a new rate – the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate -
beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.
The majority of states nationwide and all 16 SREB states link
eligibility for a driver’s license to school attendance (and in
some cases to academic performance). This policy brief compares
attend ‘n’ drive laws across SREB states, takes a look at their
effectiveness, and offers recommendations for states.
Report of the Committee to Improve High School Graduation Rates
This report recommends strategies that states and public
schools can use to improve student achievement and raise
graduation rates. The report is based on the recommendations of
the SREB Committee to Improve High School Graduation Rates and
Achievement, led by Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia.