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 staff distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.
In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.
Tennessee’s profile notes the state’s effort 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 Tennessee 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. Two state education agency leaders from Tennessee 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.
Tennessee attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 1
Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.
In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided general policy and practice resources.
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 Tennessee 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.
SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.
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.
Tennessee’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 26 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 14 percent at public two-year colleges.
SREB featured TN Promise and TN Reconnect financial aid programs during the 2018 annual meeting of legislative and governors’ office staff.
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 Tennessee to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2019.
Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Tennessee requested assistance on topics including evaluations of reading programs and education savings accounts.
Tennessee staff were among those from eight SREB states at the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during the upcoming legislative sessions.
Tennessee legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference.