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.
Readiness in State Accountability Systems
SREB’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountablility 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.
West Virginia’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its long-term goals and school performance indicators.
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. One state education agency leader from West 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.
West Virginia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in November 2017: 3
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, spotlights inspiring stories of local practice and convenes stakeholders at regional meetings.
SREB supported the development and implementation of West Virginia’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding the redesign of evaluator training, the hiring of a data analyst and the convening of a stakeholder task force to revise evaluation system guidance.
SREB staff met with state department staff in Charleston for two days in February 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 for state department staff that shared site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of the state’s educator effectiveness strategy.
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 West Virginia leaders during the last 12 months:
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 during 2016, 2017 and 2018 and will publish its final recommendations to improve teacher preparation programs in late 2018.
The Commission published its first report, More than the Numbers: Teacher Preparation Data Systems State Policy and Recommendations, in September 2017.
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 report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.
West Virginia legislative staff participated in an institute on postsecondary education convened In November 2018 through a collaboration of SREB, the National Conference of State Legislatures and other regional compacts.
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 West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission participated.
SREB featured West Virginia’s initiatives to address workforce issues in a presentation by a state legislator and SREB board member during SREB’s 2018 annual board meeting.
SREB assisted West Virginia policy staff with a request for information on postsecondary governance and system organization.
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 West Virginia to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2018.
Throughout 2017-18, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from West Virginia requested assistance on topics including school leadership, teacher mentoring, state-level education governance and home school student access to school activities.
Staff from 8 SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.
West Virginia legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017-18 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference.