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Publication August 201064 Pages(10V16)

The Three Essentials
Improving Schools Requires District Vision, District and State Support, and Principal Leadership

This report describes the findings of SREB’s study of the role of the district office in creating the working conditions that principals need to improve teacher effectiveness and student performance. The Three Essentials of school improvement described in the report emerged from close observations of the inner workings of seven school districts, as SREB’s Learning-Centered Leadership Program sought to answer this essential question: What are the conditions school districts can create that make it possible for principals to be more effective in leading school improvement?

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2010 Press Releases

 

North Carolina Governor Perdue Appoints SREB Commission to Improve the Middle Grades; First Meeting Today Dec. 13, 2010
States Need Many More Students to Enroll in College, Finish Two- and Four-Year College Degrees, New Report Shows Dec 7, 2010
SREB States Continue to Lead Nation in AP Participation, Show Gains for Underrepresented Students Nov. 11, 2010
National Institute Opens on Challenges for Minority Faculty, Focuses on Improving Diversity in Higher Education Oct. 29, 2010
Leaders Call for States, Colleges and Universities to Help More Students Graduate On Time, for Lower Costs Oct. 13, 2010
Governors’, Legislative Staffs Gather at SREB Forum; Hear Call for States to Increase College Completion Significantly Oct. 12, 2010
SREB to Receive Lumina Foundation Grant For Web Portal to Help More Adults Finish College Sept. 29, 2010
New SREB Report Urges States to Make Major Gains in College Degree, Certificate Completion Through 2025 Sept. 28, 2010
SAT Scores Slip, Percentages of Students Taking Test Continue to Rise in Many SREB States Sept. 13, 2010
Florida Virtual School Teacher, Virginia Resident Wins Nation’s First Online K-12 Teacher of Year Award Sept. 9, 2010
Many SREB States Hold Steady on Average ACT Scores, But Major Rises in Numbers of Students Taking Test Continue Aug. 18, 2010
More Than 10 Million Under-Educated Adults in Region Could Benefit from Improved Adult Learning Programs, SREB Finds Aug. 4, 2010
SREB Announces Finalists for Nation’s First Online K-12 Teacher of Year Award July, 29, 2010
Southern Regional Education Board Honors Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear for Her Work in Education July 14, 2010
SREB’s 24th Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference Gathers About 6,000 Educators July 14, 2010
SREB Honors Schools for Outstanding Performance, Improvement on High Schools That Work Assessments, Surveys July 6, 2010
SREB States Continue to Make Progress on Education Goals; Need to Improve in College Readiness, Degree Completion June 30, 2010
States Can Improve Students’ College Readiness by Adopting More Coherent Policies Linking K-12 Schools, Higher Education June 29, 2010
SREB Honors 500th Doctoral Program Graduate June 28, 2010
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue Elected Chair of Southern Regional Education Board June 28, 2010
State Leaders to Discuss Region’s Progress in Education, Improving College Completion at SREB Annual Meeting June 25, 2010
SREB Joins with Gov. Riley to Mark Alabama’s Success In Improving School Principals’ Standards, Training June 3, 2010
States Making Progress, Need to Do More to Improve Training, Support for Region’s School Leaders May 7, 2010
State Leaders Gather at SREB Forum to Work on Improving School Leadership Across the Region May 6, 2010
Leaders from SREB States Call for Major Gains in College Degree Completion Across Region April 14, 2010
SREB Highlights 15 Public Colleges and Universities for Success With Students, Degree Completion April 14, 2010
Leaders from 16 States to Gather in West Virginia for Conference on Improving College Degree Completion April 9, 2010
SREB Doctoral Scholars Program Receives Prestigious John Hope Franklin Award in Higher Education March 29, 2010
Most SREB States Show Gains in 4th-, 8th-Grade Reading on NAEP; Need to Improve Adolescent Literacy Remains March 24, 2010
SREB Doctoral Scholars Program to Follow Gates Foundation, Maya Angelou, Others in Receiving Award Feb. 24, 2010
SREB States Cited in National Report for ‘Best Practices’ in Teacher Quality Feb. 3, 2010
Leaders Call for Improved Career/Technology Centers; Educators from 14 States Gather to Work on Changes Jan. 20, 2010
Many SREB States Lead Nation in Education Week Rankings; More Work Ahead to Improve Achievement, College Readiness Jan. 14, 2010
Virginia Governor, Governor-Elect Unite at Summit in Support of State Efforts to Improve Students’ Readiness for College, Careers Jan. 12, 2010
SREB Conference Helps Educators, State Officials from 14 States Improve Career/Technology Centers Jan. 11, 2010
Publication April 201052 pagesA. Paul Bradley Jr.of The Bradley Group, Cheryl D. Blanco

Promoting a Culture of Student Success: How Colleges and Universities Are Improving Degree Completion

Fewer than one-third of degree-seeking, full-time freshmen in the nation’s public four-year institutions graduate in four years. To help raise this rate, SREB examined many strategies that public institutions are using to help more students earn bachelor’s degrees, with particular attention to students in regional colleges and universities who often face academic and/or economic disadvantages. This report summarizes 15 institutions’ successful approaches to improving graduation rates, provides specific strategies that campus leaders can use and profiles each of the 15 institutions.

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Publication June 20102 pages(10E05)

The Terrible Tumble of 2009: Recent Recession is Truly Historic
Fact Book Bulletin

Many Americans have just lived through what may be a once-in-a-lifetime event. In 2009, for the first time since 1954, per capita income in the United States and the SREB region declined. Nationally, the decline from 2008 to 2009 was 2.6 percent, compared with 2.2 percent regionally. In 1954, the nation’s per capita income fell 0.9 percent and the region’s declined 0.2 percent.

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Publication May 20102 pages(10E04)

A Paradox of Education Progress
Fact Book Bulletin

Is the SREB region making progress in whether adults have at least a bachelor’s degree? This is a more difficult question to answer than one might think.

The percentage of adults 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree rose from 2000 to 2008 in the region — and the percentage without declined. This trend looks like progress.

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Publication March 20102 pages10E01

New Data Reveal Percent of College Credits Taken by High School Students
Fact Book Bulletin

All SREB states have legislation enabling public high school students to take college credits in what are sometimes called “dual enrollment” or “early college” programs. Proponents of such programs say that they may help students prepare for college and reduce time to degree. However, critics of such programs question whether all students who enroll are prepared for them.

Data reported by many SREB states for the first time in the SREB-State Data Exchange 2008-2009 Highlights reveal details about public postsecondary education courses taken by high school students. High school students taking college courses are concentrated largely in technical institutes or colleges that have a career-training focus and in two-year, transfer-oriented colleges.

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