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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.

College and Career Readiness

Readiness in State Accountability Systems

SREB’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Acts into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

PUBLICATIONS

In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

South Carolina’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its long-term goals and school performance indicators.

In October 2018, SREB staff presented information from the reports at SREB’s annual meeting of legislative and governors’ staff. Five stakeholders from South Carolina attended.

Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference call meetings of a state accountability network, 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 participated.

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

South Carolina attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 4

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    Educator Effectiveness

    Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

    Technical Assistance

    From 2015-2018, SREB supported the development and implementation of South Carolina’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding school and district administrator trainings, developing online professional learning modules, and working with districts to create long-term professional learning strategies.

    SREB staff met with state department staff in Columbia in November 2018 to advise them on the development of their teacher evaluation system. SREB conducted focus groups with district administrators, principals and teachers. SREB produced a report in January 2019 that shares site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of the state’s educator effectiveness strategy.

    SREB staff met with Greenville County school district staff in November 2018. SREB conducted focus groups with district administrators, principals and teachers. SREB produced a report in January 2019 that shares site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of Greenville’s educator development strategy.

    Staff responded to two legislative requests related to teacher recruitment and retention, leadership development and school climate.

    convenings

    The state department sent representatives to SREB’s Sixth Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in April 2018. They participated in collaborative working sessions with peers from 12 SREB states. State department staff met to discuss shared problems of practice in four areas: equitable access to effective teaching, leadership development, professional learning and teacher voice.

    Reports and data

    SREB produced the following resources for South Carolina leaders over the past year:

    Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

    School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

    Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

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    Teacher Preparation

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and  published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.​

    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.

    South Carolina’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 29 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 16 percent at public two-year colleges.

    SREB assisted South Carolina policy staff with requests for information on a range of postsecondary financial aid issues, student debt, dual enrollment, health fees and accreditation. 

    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, including the President, visited South Carolina to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2018.

    Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from South Carolina requested assistance on topics including school finance, school safety and climate, nursing shortages and accreditation.

    Meetings 

    South Carolina staff were among those from eight SREB states at the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff from across the SREB region to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    South Carolina legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

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