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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 highlights Oklahoma’s notable work in supporting local efforts to use high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials.

The professional learning report highlights Oklahoma’s notable support for new teacher induction and the state Department of Education’s ELEVATE Web page, which chronicles innovative and inspiring accomplishments in Oklahoma K-12 public education.

Technical assistance

Project staff provided technical assistance to state education agency leaders in fall 2016. Project staff facilitated a meeting of leaders in the state department of education in three states, including Oklahoma, on the topic of developing state policies to establish clear expectations for high-quality professional learning on state college- and career-readiness standards. 

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. One participant from Oklahoma attended the meeting.

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 

Oklahoma attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 4

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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 Oklahoma State Department of Education to support implementation of a statewide educator effectiveness strategy. The strategy includes several elements, such as the training of school administrators, analysis of educator evaluation results and the roll out of a strategic communications campaign. SREB staff visited the state department in October 2016 and May 2017 to help implement the statewide strategy.

    The educator effectiveness team is partnering with three Oklahoma school districts to pilot a new approach to professional learning and development, #MyPD. #MyPD is a Community of Practice that allows educators to drive the agenda of meetings.

    SREB staff responded to three information requests from Oklahoma stakeholders in the last 12 months. Constituents requested SREB analysis related to teacher certification, recruitment and professional growth strategies.  

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

    convenings

    The Oklahoma 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.

    A state team from Oklahoma attended SREB’s Teacher Evaluation meeting, Transforming Adult School Culture, in November 2016. State teams included state agency leaders, state teacher association representatives, district superintendents, principals and classroom teachers.

    reports and data

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

    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.

    Insights tool, published in July 2016, catalogs state approaches to the design and implementation of educator evaluation systems.

    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.

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    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 a final report with recommendations released in October 2016, policymakers can draw on individual state affordability profiles to better understand how these costs impact different family income levels.

    Glen D. Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, chaired the commission.

    High School Graduate Projections

    Oklahoma 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.

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

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators and legislative and governors’ staff from Oklahoma requested assistance on topics including cursive handwriting instruction, teacher salaries and school finance review commissions.

    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. 

    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.

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