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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’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB states’ acountability 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. 

Maryland’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its 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. Two state education agency leaders from Maryland participated.

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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 supported the development and implementation of Maryland’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding statewide educator data analysis, professional learning activities and leadership development.

In November 2017, SREB staff provided technical assistance to Baltimore City Public Schools staff who are leading the implementation of the district’s educator development strategy. SREB produced a report for district staff that shared recommendations for improving local educator effectiveness strategies.

SREB staff met with state department staff in Baltimore in December 2017 to advise them on the development of their teacher evaluation system. SREB produced a report that shared 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 Maryland 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.

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 Maryland Higher Education Commission participated.

SREB assisted Maryland policy leaders with a request for information on consumer information initiatives and featured Maryland’s initiatives to address college affordability in a presentation by the executive director of the Maryland Commission on Higher Education during SREB’s annual board meeting.

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

Throughout 2017-18, legislators and legislative and governor’s staff from Maryland requested assistance on topics including inter-district school choice, federal legislation, community colleges, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, online financial aid resources and students with dyslexia.

Meetings 

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.

Maryland 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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