Policy

Post

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.

SREB.org/Insights >

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.

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

SREB.org/Readiness >

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

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

Technical assistance

In fall 2016, project staff provided technical assistance to state education agency leaders in three states, including Oklahoma, on developing state policies to establish clear expectations for high-quality professional learning on state college- and career-readiness standards. 

Meetings

In July 2016, SREB facilitated a virtual meeting of state education agency leaders on findings and implications of the Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning reports. One stakeholder from Oklahoma attended.

SREB.org/Benchmarking >

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 2017: 3

    SREB.org/CTE >

    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 elements such as training assistant principals, convening  regional stakeholder groups and the roll-out of the Professional Focus strategy. SREB staff visited the department in May, September and October 2017 to help implement the strategy.

    SREB partnered with three Oklahoma school districts to pilot a new approach to professional learning and development called #MyPD. The community of practice project convened educators in January, May, September and October 2017.

    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

    A state team from Oklahoma 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. Oklahoma department staff attended a regional community of practice meeting following the multi-stakeholder meeting.

    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.

    reports and data

    SREB produced resources for Oklahoma 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, July 2017, with strategies for district and school leaders to establish and sustain better feedback practices

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

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

    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

    SREB.org/EE >

    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 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.

    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 Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education participated.

    Oklahoma policy leaders requested SREB’s assistance with a review of the Oklahoma Promise program.

    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, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Oklahoma requested assistance on topics including the federal State Support Network, postsecondary education, early childhood education, school administrators, shared school district services, teacher shortages, virtual education, 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. Oklahoma legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 conference.

    SREB.org/StateServices >