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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.

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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.

SREB profiles summarized each state’s progress on the recommendations through fall 2016.

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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 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 Materialsa regional report on implementation across states, strong state efforts and actions for improvement — plus profiles that describe each state’s efforts in detail, highlight notable actions and offer recommendations for moving forward.

The report notes Maryland’s strong efforts in the areas of establishing conventions for developing, reviewing and selecting aligned instructional materials; supporting local efforts to use high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials; and using data to continuously improve state efforts.

Meetings 

In July 2016, project staff facilitated a virtual meeting of state education agency leaders to discuss findings and implications of the Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning reports. Three participants from Maryland attended, and one gave a presentation.

SREB staff presented information on state efforts to align instructional materials and on state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act at SREB’s annual Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in September 2017. A stakeholder from Maryland attended.

Technical assistance

In April 2017, SREB launched a state accountability network with monthly conference calls for SREB member states to share ideas and discuss questions about redesigning and implementing state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. One state education agency leader from Maryland participates.

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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 partnered with the Maryland State Department of Education to support implementation of a statewide educator effectiveness strategy. The department focuses on three areas: expanding professional development opportunities, conducting research and data analysis, and supporting low-performing schools in Baltimore City. SREB staff visited the department in March and October 2017 to help implement the statewide strategy.

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

convenings

A state team from Maryland attended the SREB Teacher Evaluation meeting, Improving Educator Effectiveness: Lessons Learned, in November 2017. State teams included multiple stakeholders: state agency leaders, teacher association representatives, district superintendents, principals and classroom teachers. Department staff attended a regional community of practice meeting following the multi-stakeholder meeting.

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

The Maryland State 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.

Reports and Data

SREB produced resources for Maryland leaders during the last 12 months including:

Evaluator Training: A Guide for States, September 2017, spotlighting seven components associated with effective training for observers of teachers

Feedback on Teaching: A Fresh Look, inJuly 2017, with strategies for district and school leaders to establish and sustain better feedback practices

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

Information Request Series, beginning January 2017, with responses to stakeholder questions on topics including educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention incentives.

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

A bi-weekly Educator Effectiveness e-newsletter

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Teacher Preparation

SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met during 2016, 2017 and will meet in 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 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.

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 2017.

Throughout 2016-17, legislators and legislative and governors’ staff from Maryland requested assistance on topics including prekindergarten education, inter-district school choice, federal legislation, teacher preparation, SREB Advanced Career and special education.

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. Maryland 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. Maryland legislators attended the 2017 conference.

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