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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 state 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.  

Alabama’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. A stakeholder from Alabama attended.

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 prepared for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

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

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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 Alabama’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding two educators-in-residence. These educators conducted in-depth professional learning and training with district teams as they developed their educator evaluation plans. 

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

    reports and data

    SREB produced the following resources for Alabama 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.

    SREB has offered to assist state leaders with challenging conversations related to teacher preparation, recruitment and retention by facilitating cross-agency leadership roundtables. 

    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. 

    Alabama’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 33 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 convened state higher education agency executive officers in December 2018 to explore how SREB can best serve postsecondary agencies, to discuss issues facing the states and to solicit comments on a draft strategic plan. The executive director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education participated.

    In April 2018, SREB collaborated with the Association of Community College Trustees for its Governance Institute for Student Success, which convened trustees, community college presidents and senior staff, and state postsecondary agency staff from Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi. As president of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees, Governor Kay Ivey opened the meeting in Birmingham, welcoming nearly 70 participants, including a large contingent from Alabama. Among the topics discussed were the board’s role in state policy development, the changing world of work and learning, high-impact policies and practices, and engaging partnerships and collaborations.

    State Services

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

    Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Alabama requested assistance on topics including education governance structures.

    Meetings 

    Alabama staff were among those from 8 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.

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

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