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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’ accountabiity systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

Virginia’s profile describes the state’s new accountability system under ESSA. 

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

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 Virginia 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.

Virginia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 5

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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

In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided general policy and practice resources.

reports and data

SREB produced the following resources for Virginia 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 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.

Virginia’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 36 percent of family income was needed in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 18 percent at public two-year colleges.

SREB featured Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program during its fall 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ office staff.

SREB convened state higher education agency executive officers in December 2018 to explore how SREB can best serve postsecondary agencies, to discuss issues facing  states and to solicit comments on SREB’s  strategic plan.  The executive director of the State Council for Higher Education participated.

SREB.org/Affordability

interstate Passport 

A framework to accelerate and streamline transfer of lower-division courses among institutions in different states.

Virginia is one of three SREB states participating by reviewing learning outcomes for the Passport framework.

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 Virginia to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2019.

Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Virginia requested assistance on topics including teacher salaries and career exploration in middle grades.

Meetings 

Staff from eight SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

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

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