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.
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 take transitional courses in 12th grade.
SREB profiles summarize each state’s progress on these recommendations through fall 2016.
Benchmarking Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards
Tracking and reporting progress on implementation of college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms across states. Based on this research, SREB staff support states through reports, meetings and technical assistance.
In May 2017, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Alignment of Instructional Materials, a regional report that describes implementation across the states, highlights strong state efforts and recommends actions for improvement — plus state profiles that describe each state’s efforts in detail, highlight notable actions and offer recommendations for moving forward.
The 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.
In September 2017, SREB staff presented information on state efforts to align instructional materials and on state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act at SREB’s annual Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff. A stakeholder from Alabama attended.
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
Adves 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.
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 December 2016, June 2017 and October 2017 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 employment rules for school personnel.
In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided technical assistance, brokered expertise and policy and practice resources to Alabama state legislators and their staff, state education agency staff, district administrators, principals and teachers.
Department staff attended a regional community of practice meeting in November 2017.
SREB staff presented to attendees of the SREB Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in September 2017.
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.
reports and data
SREB produced several resources for Alabama leaders during the last 12 months including:
Evaluator Training: A Guide for States, September 2017, which spotlights seven components associated with effective training for observers of teachers.
Feedback on Teaching: A Fresh Look, July 2017, with strategies for district and school leaders to establish and sustain better feedback practices.
Student Surveys: A Fresh Look, May 2017, which covers the practical implications for state, district and school leaders seeking to use emerging student survey tools.
Information Request Series, beginning in January 2017, with responses to stakeholder questions on topics including educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention incentives.
Educator Effectiveness Bill Tracker interactive tool, updated weekly to allow constituents to track legislative bills across eight areas, including teacher preparation, evaluation and professional learning.
A bi-weekly educator effectiveness e-newsletter.
SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and will meet in 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.
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.
SREB convened state higher education agency academic officers in October 2017 to discuss factors that impact college affordability. Attendees learned from each other about new policies for tuition, fees, financial aid, transfer, textbook costs, online courses, collaboration with K-12, readiness and serving returning adults. A representative from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education participated.
SREB assisted Alabama legislators and other leaders who requested information on postsecondary issues such as financial aid for dependents of veterans, educational goals, state longitudinal data systems and open learning resources.
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 visited Alabama to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2016.
Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Alabama requested assistance on topics including student transportation, tenure for school support personnel, school improvement, 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.
Alabama staff were among those from 10 SREB states at the 2017 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 2017 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference.