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 transitional courses in 12th grade.
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.
In June 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 Arkansas’s strong efforts in using data to continuously improve state efforts.
The professional learning report notes Arkansas’s strong efforts in establishing clear expectations for high-quality professional learning on state college- and career-readiness standards.
Project 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. A participant from Arkansas attended the meeting.
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.
Career and Technical Education
State Leaders Forum
Arkansas attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 4
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.
SREB partnered with the Arkansas Department of Education to support implementation of a statewide educator effectiveness strategy. The strategy expands leadership coaching to building administrators, creates opportunities for principals to learn with peers and calls for a professional learning platform for teachers and leaders to demonstrate their instructional effectiveness. SREB staff visited the state department in December 2016 to support this strategy.
SREB will conduct a statewide educator focus group in May 2016.
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.
The Arkansas 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.
A state team from Arkansas attended SREB’s Teacher Evaluation meeting, Transforming Adult School Culture, in November 2016. State teams included state agency leaders, state teacher association representatives, district superintendents, principals and classroom teachers.
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 Arkansas 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.
SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission meets during 2016, 2017 and 2018 to develop practical and effective statewide recommendations to improve teacher preparation programs.
To share the Commission’s work and solicit input, SREB Commission members Johnnie Roebuck, Donnie Whitten and Teresa Inman and SREB Board member Joyce Elliott met with Arkansas deans of education in Little Rock in February 2017. In March, Whitten and Roebuck met with education faculty members at Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University.
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 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.
A framework to accelerate and streamline transfer of lower-division courses among institutions in different states.
Arkansas is one of three SREB states participating by reviewing learning outcomes for the Passport framework.
High School Graduate Projections
Arkansas 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.
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 Arkansas to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2017.
Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff and governors’ staff from Arkansas requested assistance on topics including open education resources, education data, education tax credits, computer science instruction and college completion.
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. Arkansas staff were among those from 10 SREB states at the 2017 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. Arkansas legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 conference.