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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 new Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding, or select a detailed state report.

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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 transitional courses in 12th grade.

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Benchmarking Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards 

Tracks and reports progress on implementation of college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms across 15 states. Based on this research, SREB staff support these states through reports, meetings and technical assistance.

PUBLICATIONS

In May 2017, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Alignment of Instructional Materials.

In May 2016, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning.

These reports include a regional report that describes implementation across the states, highlights strong state efforts and recommends actions for improvement — plus 16 state profiles that describe each state’s efforts in detail, highlight notable actions and offer recommendations for moving forward.

The alignment of instructional materials report notes Kentucky’s strong efforts in the areas of supporting local efforts to use high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials; and using data to continuously improve state efforts.

The professional learning report notes Kentucky’s strong efforts in the areas of establishing clear expectations for high-quality professional learning on state college- and career-readiness standards; providing  guidance and tools to help educators design and deliver professional learning and learn about the standards; providing technical assistance to support local professional learning efforts; offering professional learning to educators; and using data and accountability for continuous improvement.

Meetings 

Project staff presented information and facilitated dialogue on implementation of state college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms at SREB’s annual Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in October 2016. Two participants from Kentucky attended the meeting. 

Technical assistance

Project staff provided technical assistance to state education agency leaders in fall 2016. Project staff facilitated a meeting of leaders at the state Department of Education in three states, including Kentucky, on developing state policies to establish clear expectations for high-quality professional learning on standards.  

INTERACTIVE DATA

In 2016, SREB launched its Insights tool to help policymakers compare and understand state policy and practice. Users can explore data from these and other SREB reports.

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Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Kentucky attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 7

Kentucky Nursing Pathway

A coalition of Kentucky education and workforce partners worked with SREB to co-develop a seamless career pathway in nursing, one of the state’s high-demand fields. The 120-credit hour nursing pathway will allow Kentucky students to earn a series of stackable credentials and degrees that lead to nursing careers:

  • certified nursing assistant (CNA)
  • licensed practical nurse (LPN)
  • associate degree in nursing (ADN)
  • registered nurse (RN)
  • bachelor of science in nursing (BSN)

The pathway grew out of a fall 2015 meeting at which SREB convened policymakers, business leaders and education leaders around the shared goal of building strong career pathways leading from high school to rewarding careers in high-growth industries.

Kentucky Nursing Pathway Partners

  • Health Career Collaborative of Greater Louisville
  • Jefferson County Community and Technical College
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
  • Kentucky school districts and high schools
  • Spalding University
  • Southern Regional Education Board

Kentucky high schools will pilot the pathway in August 2017.  

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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, 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.

    Technical Assistance

    SREB staff responded to three information requests from Kentucky stakeholders in the last 12 months. Constituents requested analysis related to teacher certification and licensure. 

    SREB provided high-level technical assistance to a regional cooperative interested in implementing educator and student micro-credentials.

    In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided technical assistance, brokered expertise and provided policy and practice resources to Kentucky state legislators and their staff, state education agency staff, district administrators, principals and teachers.

    convenings

    A state team from Kentucky attended the SREB Teacher Evaluation meeting, Improving Educator Effectiveness: Lessons Learned, in November 2017. State teams included multiple stakeholders: state agency leaders, district administrators, principals and teachers.

    Department staff attended a regional Community of Practice meeting following the multi-stakeholder meeting.

    SREB staff presented to attendees of the SREB Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in September 2017.

    The Kentucky Department of Education sent representatives to SREB’s Fifth Annual Educator Effectiveness Convening in March 2017. They participated in working sessions with peers from nine other SREB states.

    State lawmakers attended SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council Winter Meeting in December 2016. SREB staff presented to attendees on teacher preparation and teacher recruitment strategies.

    reports and data

    SREB produced several resources for Kentucky leaders during the last 12 months, including:

    Evaluator Training: A Guide for States, published in September 2017, spotlights seven components associated with effective training for observers of teachers.

    Feedback on Teaching: A Fresh Look, published in July 2017, describes strategies for district and school leaders to establish and sustain better feedback practices.

    Student Surveys: A Fresh Look, published in May 2017, covers the practical implications for state, district and school leaders seeking to use emerging student survey tools. 

    Information Request Series, first published in January 2017, features our responses to SREB stakeholders’ questions. Topics covered include educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention incentives.

    Educator Effectiveness Bill Tracker interactive tool, updated weekly, allows constituents to track legislative bills across eight areas, including teacher preparation, evaluation and professional learning.

    The bi-weekly Educator Effectiveness e-newsletter.

    SREB.org/EE >

    Teacher Preparation

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission meets during 2016, 2017 and 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. 

    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 October 2016 report, policymakers can draw on individual state affordability profiles to better understand how these costs impact different family income levels and on a Promising State Policies and Practices report featuring cost-reduction strategies.

    Interstate Passport

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

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

    High School Graduate Projections

    Kentucky registrants participated in a February 2017 webinar SREB co-hosted with the  Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education on WICHE’s Knocking at the College Door projections of high school graduates. Kate Akers, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics executive director, was a speaker.

    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 Kentucky to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2017.

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators and legislative and governors’ staff from Kentucky requested assistance on topics including teacher preparation, governor’s schools and honors programs, college affordability, charter schools, early childhood education, prekindergarten assessments, outcome-based higher education funding, education tax credits and K-12 education governance.

    Meetings 

    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. Kentucky 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. Kentucky legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 conference.

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