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.
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.
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 December 2018: 2
Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.
SREB staff met with state department staff in Atlanta in November 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 in December 2018 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.
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 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 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’s report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.
Georgia’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 31 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 19 percent at public two-year colleges.
SREB assisted 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 executive officers in December 2018 to explore how SREB can best serve postsecondary agencies, discuss issues facing the states and solicit comments on our draft strategic plan. The University System of Georgia’s executive vice chancellor for academic affairs 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, including the President, visited Georgia to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2018.
Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Georgia requested assistance on topics including career and technical education, and students with dyslexia.
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 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference.