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Publication Gene Bottoms Kirsten E. Sundell October 201712 pages(17V18)

Valuing Both Cs in College- and Career-Readiness Accountability Systems
How states can use career pathways to close credential attainment and skills gaps.

This image is the cover of the Valuing Both Cs in College- and Career-Readiness Accountability Systems publication.

This publication explores how state accountability systems currently address college readiness and academic and technical career readiness and offers recommendations and examples of policies and practices that incentivize and reward districts and schools for preparing more students to earn credentials and degrees in high-demand career fields.



News SREB News Release

How States Prioritize Readiness in School Accountability Plans
New reports detail ESSA plans, with a focus on college and career readiness

How are states’ new school accountability plans focusing on college and career readiness?

Many SREB states went above and beyond the basic requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which addresses readiness but does not require a comprehensive approach. An SREB analysis of state plans across the South identifies five ways states prioritize readiness for all students, statewide. They used the law’s flexibility to:

Publication 2009 | 32 pages | (09V17)

The Next Generation of School Accountability
A Blueprint for Raising High School Achievement and Graduation Rates

Report of the Committee to Improve High School Graduation Rates and Achievement

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.


Blog post Kim Anderson, Director, Benchmarking College- and Career-Readiness Standards

How Does My State’s New Accountability System Support School Improvement?

To answer this question for stakeholders across the region, SREB’s benchmarking team reviewed Every Student Succeeds Act plans submitted by SREB states in 2017. ESSA, signed into law in 2015, replaced the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 as the latest reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESSA maintains some of the basic requirements for state accountability systems from NCLB, while also giving states new flexibility in shaping many aspects of their systems. According to the law, states submitted plans to the U.S.

Publication 2 Pages

Aligning Teacher Assignments and Student Work to Rigorous Standards

This module teaches participants how to use The Education Trust’s six-step Standards in Practice™ process to make sure that assignments and assessments match standards. This process also serves as a vehicle for professional development and school improvement, as teacher teams look critically and think deeply about the work they assign, the scoring guides they use and the standards to which they are accountable. Participants work through the six steps of the model, applying them to examples from their own practice.


Publication 200026 pages

State Leadership in Improving High Schools for More Students

For the first time in 1998, half of career/technical students at SREB’s High Schools That Work sites met the HSTW achievement goals in reading, mathematics and science. SREB knows that most career/technical students can meet the goals and knows how to make it happen. SREB and partner states must plan and act purposefully to help these students. This publication contains recommendations for actions that states can take to raise standards and achievement.