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Schools Honored at the Making Schools Work Conference
2019 Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Awards

Ten schools were recognized at the Making Schools Work Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, for their efforts to increase quality instruction and raise student achievement.

The Gene Bottoms Pacesetter Awards recognize schools that implement one of SREB’s Making Schools Work school improvement frameworks and are achieving success in increasing student graduation rates, readiness for college or careers, and credential attainment.

How did each each school achieved the award? Download the releases below for details.

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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 2017, approximately 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and nearly 3,355 new students were certified for study.

*Florida only participates at the graduate level.

In 2017, 24 Florida students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $11,852 each and a collective total of $260,740 in tuition.

ACM State Representative: Jeremy Hudak, Assistant Director of Academic and Student Affairs, State University System of Florida Board of Governors.

SREB.org/ACM >

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

A nationwide system to offer more high-quality distance education programs for students and ease the regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. By participating, colleges and universities in the SREB region save almost $30 million annually.​

Florida is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Florida saved $12.2 million for initial authorization and save $3.4 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Florida SARA Representatives: Karl Washington, Director of Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education with the Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating Council.

SREB.org/SARA >

Fact Book and Data Exchange

Fact Book

The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education is a compilation of comparative data on topics including demographics; college enrollment, retention, progression and graduation; tuition and fees; student financial aid; state support for postsecondary education; and faculty salaries. The Fact Book is published bi-annually, but the data are updated annually and made available on the SREB website.​

Florida leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Florida: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education .

SREB-State Data Exchange

An annual collection of postsecondary education data that are submitted by representatives (i.e., Data Exchange coordinators) of postsecondary education system offices. The data collected include degrees conferred, student retention and progression, time to degree, student credit hours taken by high school students and by college students in courses using distance education technology, state funding for postsecondary education, and tuition and fees.

SREB State Data Exchange tables are posted on the SREB website.

Florida’s participating agencies and SREB State Data Exchange Coordinators:

Jason Jones, Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida
Keith Richard, Florida College System

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 November 2018, six Florida institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Barry University: John McFadden, Dean
Florida Atlantic University: Marlaine Smith, Dean
Florida International University: Ora L. Strickland, Dean
Nova Southeastern University: Marcella Rutherford, Dean
University of North Florida: Lillia Loriz, Dean,
University of South Florida: Victoria P. Rich, Dean

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 1,100 attendees. The data below reflect Ph.D. Scholars who are funded by the state or by individual institutions.

Florida scholars since 1993: 20
Florida scholars funded in 2018-19: 0
2018 Institute attendees from Florida: 87
Graduates since 1993: 3
Graduates currently employed: 2
Percent employed in education: 50

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

Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Florida

SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

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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 2017, 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and 3,355 new students were certified for study.

In 2017,121 Alabama students participated in the Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $12,763 each and a collective total of $1,582,597 in tuition. 

ACM State Representative: Paul B. Mohr, Director of Special Programs, Alabama Commission on Higher Education

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. Approximately 600 students participate each year.

Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Alabama programs in 2018-19: 205

Residents of other states may contract for entry into Auburn University and Tuskegee University in Veterinary Medicine, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Dentistry and Optometry. For 2018-19, these Alabama institutions received approximately $6 million from other SREB states.

SREB.org/RCP >

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

A nationwide system to offer more high-quality distance education programs for students and ease regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. By participating, colleges and universities in the SREB region save almost $30 million annually.

Alabama is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Alabama saved $6.4 million for initial authorization and save $1.8 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Alabama SARA representative: Ron Leonard, Director of Special Initiatives, Alabama Commission on Higher Education

SREB.org/SARA >

Fact Book and Data Exchange

Fact Book

The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education is a compilation of comparative data on topics including demographics; college enrollment, retention, progression and graduation; tuition and fees; student financial aid; state support for postsecondary education; and faculty salaries. The Fact Book is published bi-annually, but the data are updated annually and made available on the SREB website.​

Alabama leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, and Alabama: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education.

SREB-State Date Exchange

An annual collection of postsecondary education data that are submitted by representatives (i.e., Data Exchange coordinators) of postsecondary education system offices. The data collected include degrees conferred, student retention and progression, time to degree, student credit hours taken by high school students and by college students in courses using distance education technology, state funding for postsecondary education, and tuition and fees.

SREB-State Data Exchange tables are posted on the SREB website.

Alabama’s Participating Agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Subrena Simpkins, Alabama Commission on Higher 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 November 2018, 11 Alabama institutions are members (listed here with their representatives to the Council):

Auburn University: Gregg Newschwander, Dean
Auburn University at Montgomery: Jean Leuner, Dean
Coastal Alabama Community College: Jean Graham, Director
Jacksonville State University: Christie Shelton, Dean
Samford University: Nena F. Sanders, Dean
Troy University: Jeffrey Forehand, Director
Tuskegee University: Constance Smith Hendricks, Dean
University of Alabama: Suzanne C. Prevost, Dean
University of Alabama at Birmingham: Doreen C. Harper, Dean
University of Alabama at Huntsville: Marsha Adams, Dean
University of South Alabama: Heather Hall, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Nominating Committee

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 (DSP) hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars, with more than 1,100 attendees. The data below reflect Ph.D. Scholars who are funded by the state or by individual institutions.​

Alabama scholars since 1993: 189
Alabama scholars funded in 2018-19: 14
2018 Institute attendees from Alabama: 52
Graduates since 1993: 137
Graduates currently employed: 122
Percent employed in education: 80

Alabama-Ph.D. students in the DSP have attended these institutions since 1993:

Auburn University 
Clemson University
Howard University 
Meharry Medical College
Texas A&M University
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Kentucky
University of South Alabama
Vanderbilt University

SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

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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 Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

College and Career Readiness

Readiness in State Accountability Systems

SREB’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB state’s accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

Oklahoma’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectation for college and career readiness through its long-term goals and school performance indicators.

Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference call meetings of a state accountability network, for SREB member states to share ideas and discuss questions about redesigning and implementing state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Two state education agency leaders from Oklahoma participated.

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

Oklahoma attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 4

A representative from the Oklahoma Works initiative spoke at the forum.

SREB.org/LeadersForum>

    Educator Effectiveness

    Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

    Technical Assistance

    From 2015-2018, SREB supported the development and implementation of Oklahoma’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding leadership development trainings and convening five regional advisory groups. 

    SREB staff met with state department staff in Oklahoma City in September 2018 to advise them on the development of their teacher evaluation system. SREB conducted focus groups with district administrators, principals and teachers. SREB produced a report in November 2018 for state department staff that shared site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of the state’s educator effectiveness strategy.

    Staff responded to two legislative requests related to four-day school weeks and teacher licensure assessments in December 2018.

    convenings

    The state department sent representatives to SREB’s Sixth Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in April 2018. They participated in collaborative working sessions with peers from 12 SREB states. State department staff met to discuss shared problems of practice in four areas: equitable access to effective teaching, leadership development, professional learning, and teacher voice.

    reports and data

    SREB produced the following resources for Oklahoma leaders over the past year:

    Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

    School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

    Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

    SREB.org/EE >

    Teacher Preparation

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and will publish its final report and recommendations in late 2018.​

    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 Commission’s report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to better understand how these costs impact different family income levels. Glen D. Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, chaired the commission.

    Oklahoma’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 23 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 18 percent at public two-year colleges.

    SREB convened state higher education agency executive officers in December 2018 to explore how SREB can best serve postsecondary agencies, discuss issues facing the states and solicit comments on our draft strategic plan. The vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education participated.

    Oklahoma policy leaders requested SREB’s assistance with a review of the Oklahoma Promise program. SREB featured this financial aid program during the 2018 annual meeting of legislative and governors’ office staff.

    SREB.org/Affordability

    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 Oklahoma to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2019.

    Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Oklahoma requested assistance on topics including school district reorganization, teacher preparation for former military members, four day school week outcomes, charter school facilities funding, teachers who obtain emergency certification and increased instructional time.

    Meetings 

    Staff from eight SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    Oklahoma legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference.

    SREB.org/StateServices >

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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 Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

    College and Career Readiness

    Readiness in State Accountability Systems

    SREB’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Acts into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

    PUBLICATIONS

    In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

    South Carolina’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its long-term goals and school performance indicators.

    In October 2018, SREB staff presented information from the reports at SREB’s annual meeting of legislative and governors’ staff. Five stakeholders from South Carolina attended.

    Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference call meetings of a state accountability network, for SREB member states to share ideas and discuss questions about redesigning and implementing state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Three state education agency leaders from South Carolina participated.

    Career and Technical Education 

    State Leaders Forum 

    Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

    South Carolina attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 4

    SREB.org/LeadersForum>

      Educator Effectiveness

      Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

      Technical Assistance

      From 2015-2018, SREB supported the development and implementation of South Carolina’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding school and district administrator trainings, developing online professional learning modules, and working with districts to create long-term professional learning strategies.

      SREB staff met with state department staff in Columbia in November 2018 to advise them on the development of their teacher evaluation system. SREB conducted focus groups with district administrators, principals and teachers. SREB produced a report in January 2019 that shares site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of the state’s educator effectiveness strategy.

      SREB staff met with Greenville County school district staff in November 2018. SREB conducted focus groups with district administrators, principals and teachers. SREB produced a report in January 2019 that shares site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of Greenville’s educator development strategy.

      Staff responded to two legislative requests related to teacher recruitment and retention, leadership development and school climate.

      convenings

      The state department sent representatives to SREB’s Sixth Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in April 2018. They participated in collaborative working sessions with peers from 12 SREB states. State department staff met to discuss shared problems of practice in four areas: equitable access to effective teaching, leadership development, professional learning and teacher voice.

      Reports and data

      SREB produced the following resources for South Carolina leaders over the past year:

      Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

      School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

      Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

      SREB.org/EE >

      Teacher Preparation

      SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and  published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.​

      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 Commission’s report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

      South Carolina’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 29 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 16 percent at public two-year colleges.

      SREB assisted South Carolina policy staff with requests for information on a range of postsecondary financial aid issues, student debt, dual enrollment, health fees and accreditation. 

      SREB.org/Affordability

      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, including the President, visited South Carolina to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2018.

      Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from South Carolina requested assistance on topics including school finance, school safety and climate, nursing shortages and accreditation.

      Meetings 

      South Carolina staff were among those from eight SREB states at the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff from across the SREB region to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

      South Carolina legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

      SREB.org/StateServices >

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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 Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

      College and Career Readiness

      Readiness in State Accountability Systems

      SREB staff distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

      PUBLICATIONS

      In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

      Tennessee’s profile notes the state’s effort to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its long-term goals and school performance indicators.

      In October 2018, SREB staff presented information from the reports at SREB’s annual meeting of legislative and governors’ staff. Five stakeholders from Tennessee attended.

      Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference call meetings of a state accountability network, for SREB member states to share ideas and discuss questions about redesigning and implementing state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Two state education agency leaders from Tennessee participated.

      Career and Technical Education 

      State Leaders Forum 

      Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

      Tennessee attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 1

      SREB.org/LeadersForum>

        Educator Effectiveness

        Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

        Technical Assistance

        In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided general policy and practice resources.

        convenings

        The state department sent representatives to SREB’s sixth annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in April 2018. They participated in collaborative working sessions with peers from 12 SREB states. State department staff met to discuss shared problems of practice in four areas: equitable access to effective teaching, leadership development, professional learning and teacher voice.

        reports and data

        SREB produced the following resources for Tennessee leaders over the past year:

        Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

        School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

        Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

        SREB.org/EE >

        Teacher Preparation

        SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.

        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 Commission’s report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

        Tennessee’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 26 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 14 percent at public two-year colleges.

        SREB featured TN Promise and TN Reconnect financial aid programs during the 2018 annual meeting of legislative and governors’ office staff.

        SREB.org/Affordability

        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, including the President, visited Tennessee to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2019.

        Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Tennessee requested assistance on topics including evaluations of reading programs and education savings accounts.

        Meetings 

        Tennessee staff were among those from eight SREB states at the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during the upcoming legislative sessions.

        Tennessee legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

        SREB.org/StateServices >

        Post

        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 Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

        College and Career Readiness

        Readiness in State Accountability Systems

        SREB staff distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

        In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

        Texas’ profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its long-term goals and school performance indicators.

        Career and Technical Education 

        State Leaders Forum 

        Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

        Texas attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in November 2017: 1

        SREB.org/LeadersForum>

        Educator Effectiveness

        Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

        Technical Assistance

        In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided general policy and practice resources.

        reports and data

        SREB produced the following resources for Texas leaders over the past year:

        Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

        School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

        Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

        SREB.org/EE >

        Teacher Preparation

        SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.

        Texas Tech University’s U.S. PREP center has been featured as a promising practice at Commission meetings.

        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 Commission’s report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

        Texas’ College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, 25 percent of family income was needed in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 15 percent was required at public two-year colleges.

        SREB.org/Affordability

        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, including the President, visited Texas to meet with legislators and staff in 2018.

        Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Texas requested assistance on topics including SREB programs and services and the SREB Legislative Advisory Council.

        Meetings 

        Staff from eight SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

        Texas legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

        SREB.org/StateServices >

        Post

        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 Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

        College and Career Readiness

        Readiness in State Accountability Systems

        SREB’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountabiity systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

        Virginia’s profile describes the state’s new accountability system under ESSA. 

        In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.

        Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference call meetings of a state accountability network, for SREB member states to share ideas and discuss questions about redesigning and implementing state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Two state education agency leaders from Virginia participated.

        Career and Technical Education 

        State Leaders Forum 

        Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

        Virginia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 5

        SREB.org/LeadersForum>

        Educator Effectiveness

        Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

        Technical Assistance

        In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided general policy and practice resources.

        reports and data

        SREB produced the following resources for Virginia leaders over the past year:

        Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

        School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

        Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

        SREB.org/EE >

        Teacher Preparation 

        SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.​

        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 Commission’s report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

        Virginia’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 36 percent of family income was needed in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 18 percent at public two-year colleges.

        SREB featured Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program during its fall 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ office staff.

        SREB convened state higher education agency executive officers in December 2018 to explore how SREB can best serve postsecondary agencies, to discuss issues facing  states and to solicit comments on SREB’s  strategic plan.  The executive director of the State Council for Higher Education participated.

        SREB.org/Affordability

        interstate Passport 

        A framework to accelerate and streamline transfer of lower-division courses among institutions in different states.

        Virginia is one of three SREB states participating by reviewing learning outcomes for the Passport framework.

        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 Virginia to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2019.

        Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Virginia requested assistance on topics including teacher salaries and career exploration in middle grades.

        Meetings 

        Staff from eight SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

        Virginia legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

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        Post

        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 Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

        College and Career Readiness

        Readiness in State Accountability Systems

        SREB’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountablility systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

        PUBLICATIONS

        In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

        West Virginia’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its long-term goals and school performance indicators.

        Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference call meetings of a state accountability network, for SREB member states to share ideas and discuss questions about redesigning and implementing state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. One state education agency leader from West Virginia participated.

        Career and Technical Education 

        State Leaders Forum 

        Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

        West Virginia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 1

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          Educator Effectiveness

          Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

          Technical Assistance

          From 2015-2018, SREB supported the development and implementation of West Virginia’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding the redesign of evaluator training, the hiring of a data analyst, and the convening of a stakeholder task force to revise evaluation system guidance.

          SREB staff met with state department staff in Charleston in December 2018 to advise them on the development of their teacher evaluation system. SREB conducted focus groups with district administrators, principals and teachers. SREB produced a report in February 2019 for state department staff that shared site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of the state’s educator effectiveness strategy.

          convenings

          The state department sent representatives to SREB’s Sixth Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in April 2018. They participated in collaborative working sessions with peers from 12 SREB states. State department staff met to discuss shared problems of practice in four areas: equitable access to effective teaching, leadership development, professional learning and teacher voice.

          reports and data

          SREB produced the following resources for West Virginia leaders over the past year:

          Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

          School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

          Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

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          Teacher Preparation

          SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.​

          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 Commission report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

          West Virginia’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 21 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 18 percent at public two-year colleges.

          West Virginia legislative staff participated in an institute on postsecondary education convened in November 2018 through a collaboration of SREB, the National Conference of State Legislatures and other regional compacts.

          SREB featured West Virginia initiatives to address workforce issues in a presentation by a state legislator and SREB board member during SREB’s 2018 annual board meeting.

          SREB convened state higher education agency executive officers in December 2018 to explore how SREB can best serve postsecondary agencies, to discuss issues facing states and to solicit comments on SREB’s draft strategic plan. The interim chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission participated.

          SREB.org/Affordability

          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, including the President, visited West Virginia to meet with legislators and staff in 2018.

          Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from West Virginia requested assistance on topics including school leadership, teacher mentoring, state-level education governance and home school student access to school activities.

          Meetings 

          Staff from 8 SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

          West Virginia legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

          SREB.org/StateServices >