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
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 the recommendations through fall 2016.
Benchmarking Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards
Tracks and reports progress on implementation of college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms across states. Based on this research, SREB staff support these 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 states, highlights strong state efforts and recommends actions for improvement — plus profiles that describe each state’s efforts in detail, highlight notable actions and offer recommendations for moving forward.
The report notes Delaware’s strong efforts in using data to continuously improve state efforts.
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 in September 2017. A stakeholder from Delaware attended.
In July 2016, a virtual meeting of state education agency leaders discussed findings and implications of the Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning reports. A participant from Delaware gave a presentation at the meeting.
In April 2017, SREB launched a state accountability network with monthly conference calls for SREB member states to share ideas and discuss questions about redesigning and implementing state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Four state education agency leaders from Delaware participate.
Career and Technical Education
State Leaders Forum
Delaware attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 1
Advising 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.
In April 2017, SREB staff provided technical assistance to Delaware Department of Education staff leading implementation of the state’s educator evaluation system.
SREB staff responded to three information requests from Delaware stakeholders in the last 12 months. Constituents requested analysis related to state evaluation systems, certification for special education teachers and the use of statewide assessments for evaluative purposes.
In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided technical assistance, brokered expertise and provided policy and practice resources to Delaware state legislators and their staff, state education agency staff, district administrators, principals and teachers.
A state team from Delaware attended the SREB Teacher Evaluation meeting, Improving Educator Effectiveness: Lessons Learned, in November 2017. State teams included multiple stakeholders: state agency leaders, teacher association representatives, district superintendents, principals and classroom teachers.
Delaware staff attended a regional community of practice meeting after the multi-stakeholder meeting.
SREB staff presented information to attendees of the SREB Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in September 2017.
The Delaware 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 on teacher preparation and teacher recruitment strategies.
reports and data
SREB produced resources for Delaware 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, describing 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, published beginning January 2017, with responses to stakeholder questions on educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention incentives.
The 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 during 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.
Governor John Carney and State Representative Earl Jaques co-hosted a College Affordability Summit in June 2017 at Delaware State University. The summit examined key drivers of college costs, available resources to support students and families, and strategies to keep postsecondary education affordable for all Delawareans. Attendees included state legislators, higher education, K-12 and community and business leaders. The Delaware Higher Education Office and SREB were partners in the convening.
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 Delaware to meet with legislators and staff in 2017.
Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Delaware requested assistance on topics including early childhood education, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, the Academic Common Market, college affordability and in-state versus out-of-state college enrollment.
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. Delaware 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. Delaware legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 conference.