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

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College and Career Readiness

Intensive work to help states implement essential components of SREB’s recommendations for statewide college and career readiness. These include assessing high school juniors to determine their progress toward the state’s readiness standards — and requiring those who are underprepared to transitional courses in 12th grade.

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Benchmarking Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards 

Tracks and reports progress on implementation of college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms across 15 states. Based on this research, SREB staff support these states through reports, meetings and technical assistance.

Publications

In spring 2017, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Alignment of Instructional Materials.

In May 2016, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College-and-Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning

These reports include a regional report that describes implementation across the states, highlights strong state efforts and recommends actions for improvement — plus 16 state profiles that describe each state’s efforts in detail, highlight notable actions and offer recommendations for moving forward.

The alignment of instructional materials report notes Alabama’s strong efforts in the areas of supporting local efforts to use high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials; and using data to continuously improve state efforts.

The professional learning report notes Alabama’s strong efforts in the areas of establishing clear expectations for high-quality professional learning on state college- and career-readiness standards; providing guidance and tools to help educators design and deliver professional learning and learn about the standards; providing technical assistance to support local professional learning efforts; offering professional learning to educators; and using data and accountability for continuous improvement.

Meetings 

SREB staff presented information and facilitated dialogue on implementation of state college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms at SREB’s annual meeting of legislative and governors’ staff in October 2016. Three participants from Alabama attended the meeting.

INTERACTIVE DATA

In 2016, SREB launched its Insights tool to help policymakers compare and understand state policy and practice. Users can explore data from these and other SREB reports.

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Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Alabama attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 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. SREB serves as a technical advisor to state education agencies, conducts needs assessments and focus groups to help states plan and evaluate implementation, spotlights inspiring stories of local practice and convenes stakeholders at regional meetings.

    Technical Assistance

    SREB partnered with the Alabama State Department of Education to support implementation of a statewide educator effectiveness strategy. Educators-in-residence conduct in-depth professional learning and training with district teams as they develop their educator evaluation plans. SREB staff visited the department in October and December 2016 to support this strategy.

    Staff responded to two information requests from Alabama stakeholders in the last 12 months. Constituents requested SREB analysis related to teacher attendance and administrator compensation policies.   

    In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided technical assistance, brokered expertise and provided policy and practice resources to Alabama state legislators and their staff, state education agency staff, district administrators, principals and teachers.

    convenings

    The Alabama State Department of Education sent representatives to SREB’s Fifth Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in March 2017. They participated in working sessions with peers from nine other SREB states.

    State lawmakers attended SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council Winter Meeting in December 2016. SREB staff presented to attendees on teacher preparation and teacher recruitment strategies. 

    SREB staff presented to attendees of the SREB Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in October 2016.

    reports and data

    SREB produced several resources for Alabama leaders during the last 12 months, including:

    Information Request Series, first published in January 2017, features our responses to SREB stakeholders’ questions. Topics covered include educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention incentives.

    Insights Tool, published in July 2016, catalogs state approaches to the design and implementation of educator evaluation systems.

    Educator Effectiveness Bill Tracker interactive tool, updated weekly, allows constituents to track legislative bills across eight areas, including teacher preparation, evaluation and professional learning.

    The bi-weekly Educator Effectiveness e-newsletter.

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    Teacher Preparation 

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission meets during 2016, 2017 and 2018 to develop practical and effective statewide recommendations to improve teacher preparation programs. 

    The Commission published its first report, More than the Numbers: Teacher Preparation Data Systems State Policy and Recommendations, in September 2017. 

    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 October 2016 report, policymakers can draw on individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels and on a Promising State Policies and Practices report featuring cost reduction strategies.

    High School Graduate Projections

    Alabama registrants participated in a February 2017 webinar SREB co-hosted with the  Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education on WICHE’s Knocking at the College Door projections of high school graduates.

    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 Alabama to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2016.

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff and governors’ staff from Alabama requested assistance on topics including goal-setting in higher education, financial aid for dependents of veterans, need-based and merit-based financial aid funding, best practices for teacher preparation, and education tax credits.

    Meetings 

    SREB state services convenes legislative and governors’ staff from across the SREB region each fall to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions. Alabama staff were among those from 10 SREB states at the 2016 meeting.

    SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council meets twice annually, once in the winter and again at the annual Legislative Work Conference. The conference is for legislators designated by their state leadership to attend.

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