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 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 notes Tennessee’s strong efforts in using data to continuously improve state efforts.
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. A state education agency leader from Tennessee participates.
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. Two participants from Tennessee attended; one of them gave a presentation.
In December 2016, a participant from Tennessee attended the Learning Forward annual conference, where SREB staff shared findings and implications from the professional learning report.
SREB staff presented 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. Three stakeholders from Tennessee attended the meeting.
Career and Technical Education
State Leaders Forum
Tennessee attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2017: 5
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.
At various times throughout the year, SREB staff provided technical assistance to the Tennessee Department of Education staff leading implementation of the state’s new educator evaluation system.
In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided technical assistance, brokered expertise and provided policy and practice resources to Tennessee state legislators and their staff, state education agency staff, district administrators, principals and teachers.
SREB staff presented information to attendees of the SREB Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in September 2017.
State lawmakers attended SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council Winter Meeting in December 2016. SREB staff presented information to attendees on teacher preparation and teacher recruitment strategies.
reports and data
SREB produced resources for Tennessee 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, May 2017, covering the practical implications for state, district and school leaders seeking to use emerging student survey tool
Information Request Series, beginning January 2017, with responses to SREB stakeholders’ questions on topics including 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
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. Tennessee’s Teacher Preparation Report Card is featured in the report.
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.
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 Tennessee Higher Education Commission participated.
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 Tennessee to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2016.
Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Tennessee requested assistance on topics including at-risk students, student educational growth, teacher effectiveness, charter schools and year-round education.
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. Tennessee 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. Tennessee legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 conference.