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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 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. 

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

In October 2018 at SREB’s annual meeting of legislative and governors’ staff, SREB staff presented information on these reports. A stakeholder from Kentucky attended.

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. A state education agency leader from Kentucky 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.

Kentucky attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 7

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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 allows Kentucky students to earn a series of stackable credentials and degrees that lead to nursing careers. Kentucky high schools began piloting the pathway in the 2017-18 academic year.  

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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
    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 Kentucky 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 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 better understand how these costs impact different family income levels.

    Kentucky’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 24 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 15 percent at public two-year colleges.

    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 Council for Postsecondary Education’s vice president for policy, planning and external relations participated.

    In April 2018, SREB collaborated with the Association of Community College Trustees and its Governance Institute for Student Success, which convened trustees, community college presidents and senior staff, and state postsecondary agency staff from Kentucky and three other SREB states. Among the topics discussed were the board’s role in state policy development, the changing world of work and learning, high-impact policies and practices, and engaging partnerships and collaborations.

    SREB featured the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship during the October 2018 annual meeting of legislative and governors’ office staff.

    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.

    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, including the President, visited Kentucky to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2019.

    Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Kentucky requested assistance on topics including teacher salaries.

    Meetings 

    Kentucky 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.

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

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