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.
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 published a set of reports on the redesign of state accountability systems. Profiles on each state describe how the state established expectations for increasing college and career readiness and also include the state’s long-term goals, school performance indicators, framework for differentiating school performance, and system of identification and support for struggling schools.
Mississippi’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its long-term goals and school performance indicators.
In October 2018 at SREB’s annual meeting of legislative and governors’ staff, SREB staff presented information on these reports. Two stakeholders from Mississippi 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. Five state education agency leaders from Mississippi 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.
Mississippi attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 5
Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.
From 2015-2018, SREB supported the development and implementation of Mississippi’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding evaluator training, a validation study of evaluation instruments and the creation of a statewide educator evaluation data system.
SREB staff met with state department staff in Jackson in October 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 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 Mississippi 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 in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.
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.
Mississippi’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 32 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 13 percent at public two-year colleges.
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 Mississippi and three other SREB states. Among the topics discussed were the boards’ role in state policy development, the changing world of work and learning, high-impact policies and practices, and engaging partnerships and collaborations.
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 Mississippi to meet with legislators and staff in 2019.
Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Mississippi requested assistance on topics including need-based student financial aid and grant funding.
Mississippi staff were among those from 8 SREB states at the 2018 meeting of SREB state legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.
Mississippi legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference.