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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

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.

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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.  

Georgia’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its school performance indicators.

In October 2018, SREB staff presented information from the reports at SREB’s annual meeting of legislative and governors’ staff. Stakeholders from Georgia attended.

Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference all 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. Five state education agency leaders from Georgia participated.

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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.

Georgia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in November 2017: 17

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    Educator Effectiveness

    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.

    Technical Assistance

    SREB met with state department staff in Atlanta in January and November 2018 to advise them on the development of their teacher evaluation system. In both cases, SREB conducted focus groups with district administrators, principals and teachers.

    SREB will produce a report in Winter 2019 for state department staff that shares site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of the state’s educator effectiveness strategy.

    convenings

    The state department sent representatives to SREB’s Sixth Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in May 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 Georgia 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.

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    Teacher Preparation

    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. 

    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.

    A vice chancellor of the University System of Georgia participated in a meeting on accreditation issues coordinated by SREB with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

    SREB has been assisting Georgia with a college affordability review, and the 2018 state legislature authorized a new need-based financial aid program. State Senator Fran Millar presented on this at SREB’s annual Board meeting. SREB featured University System of Georgia college affordability initiatives at the Board meeting and the Georgia Hope Career Grant during the 2018 annual meeting of legislative and governors’ office staff.

    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 University System of Georgia participated.​

    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 Georgia to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2018.

    Throughout 2017-18, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Georgia requested assistance on topics including high school graduation requirements by state, career and technical education, and students with dyslexia.

    Meetings 

    Georgia staff were among those from 8 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.

    Georgia legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017-18 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

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