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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.

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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.

\SREB profiles summarized each state’s progress on the recommendations through fall 2016.

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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 states. Based on this research, SREB staff support these states through reports, meetings and technical assistance.

PUBLICATIONS

In May 2017, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Alignment of Instructional Materialsa regional report on implementation across states, strong state efforts and  actions for improvement — plus profiles that describe each state’s efforts in detail, highlight notable actions and offer recommendations for moving forward.

The report highlights South Carolina’s notable efforts in establishing conventions for developing, reviewing and selecting aligned instructional materials.

Technical Assistance

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. Three state education agency leaders from South Carolina participate.

Meetings 

In July 2016, project staff facilitated a virtual meeting of state education agency leaders to discuss findings and implications of the Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning reports. Eight participants from South Carolina attended.

Project staff presented on state efforts to align instructional materials on and state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act at SREB’s annual Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in September 2017. Five participants from South Carolina attended the meeting. Five participants from South Carolina attended.

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Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

South Carolina attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 6

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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 South Carolina Department of Education to support implementation of a statewide educator effectiveness strategy. The strategy includes elements such as training for school and district administrators, development of online learning modules for teachers and working with five partner districts to create long-term professional learning plans. SREB staff visited the department in October 2017 to help implement the strategy.

    SREB staff presented before a South Carolina legislative committee on teacher recruitment and retention strategies in October 2017.

    SREB staff responded to four information requests from South Carolina stakeholders in the last 12 months. Constituents requested SREB analysis related to teacher recruitment and master teacher strategies.

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

    convenings

    A state team from South Carolina attended the SREB educator 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. Department staff attended a regional community of practice meeting following the multi-stakeholder meeting.

    SREB staff presented to attendees of the SREB Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in September 2017.

    The South Carolina Department of Education sent a representative to SREB’s annual educator effectiveness convening in March. She participated in working sessions with peers from nine other SREB states.

    reports and data

    SREB produced  resources for South Carolina 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, inMay 2017, covering the practical implications for state, district and school leaders seeking to use emerging student survey tools

    Information Request Series, beginning January 2017, with responses to SREB stakeholders’ questions on topics such as 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

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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 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 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education participated.

    SREB assisted South Carolina policy staff with a request for information on postsecondary financial aid issues and technical assistance with higher education planning. 

    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 South Carolina to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2017.

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff, and governors’ staff from South Carolina requested assistance on topics including higher education data, at-risk students, educator recruitment, college cost of attendance, financial aid, special education services, school enrollment data, and career and technical education credit requirements.

    Meetings 

    South Carolina staff were among those from 10 SREB states at the 2017 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff from across the region to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    South Carolina legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 Legislative Work Conference and Legislative Advisory Council meetings.

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