SREB and Delaware

Overview

SREB and Delaware

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Delaware participates in them.

Appropriations from member states support core SREB services. SREB leverages the longstanding commitment of member states to attract external funding for additional programs and services that benefit member states. States may also choose to join targeted networks for additional fees.

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Policy

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.

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 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 that describes implementation across states, highlights strong state efforts and recommends 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 Delaware’s strong efforts in using data to continuously improve state efforts.

Meetings 

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 Delaware attended.

In July 2016, a virtual meeting of state education agency leaders discussed findings and implications of the Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning reports. A participant from Delaware gave a presentation at the meeting.

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. Four state education agency leaders from Delaware participate.

SREB.org/Benchmarking >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Delaware attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 1

    SREB.org/CTE >

    Educator Effectiveness

    Advising 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

    In April 2017, SREB staff provided technical assistance to Delaware Department of Education staff leading implementation of the state’s educator evaluation system.

    SREB staff responded to three information requests from Delaware stakeholders in the last 12 months. Constituents requested analysis related to state evaluation systems, certification for special education teachers and the use of statewide assessments for evaluative purposes.

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

    convenings

    A state team from Delaware 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.

    Delaware staff attended a regional community of practice meeting after the multi-stakeholder meeting.

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

    The Delaware 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.

    State lawmakers attended SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council Winter Meeting in December 2016. SREB staff presented on teacher preparation and teacher recruitment strategies.

    reports and data

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

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

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

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

    Information Request Series, published beginning January 2017, with responses to stakeholder questions on 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.

    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 understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

    Governor John Carney and State Representative Earl Jaques co-hosted a College Affordability Summit in June 2017 at Delaware State University. The summit examined key drivers of college costs, available resources to support students and families, and strategies to keep postsecondary education affordable for all Delawareans. Attendees included state legislators, higher education, K-12 and community and business leaders. The Delaware Higher Education Office and SREB were partners in the convening. 

    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 Delaware to meet with legislators and staff in 2017.

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Delaware requested assistance on topics including early childhood education, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, the Academic Common Market, college affordability and in-state versus out-of-state college enrollment.

    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. Delaware 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. Delaware legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 conference.

    SREB.org/StateServices >

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    Curriculum and School Improvement

    Advanced Career

    A new approach to career and technical education that combines college-readiness academics with hands-on, project-based assignments focused on modern careers. Advanced Career helps prepare students for as many options as possible after high school: a high-value job, college, community college or technical school. 

    Delaware participation in AC programs in 2017-18:

    Aerospace Engineering: 1 school

    Teachers trained: 1

    SREB.org/AC >

    High Schools That Work

    The nation’s largest school improvement program. HSTW strategies transform high schools into places where all students master complex academic and technical concepts. More than 1,150 schools in 30 states use the framework, its six Design Features and nine Key Practices, to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

    Active Delaware schools in 2016-17: 2

    SREB.org/HSTW >​

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    Professional Development
    For Teachers, Principals and Counselors

    College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference

    Conference to share effective instructional strategies of the Literacy and Mathematics Design Collaborative frameworks. 

    Delaware attendees at the July 2017 conference: 1

    SREB.org/NetworkingConference >

    High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference

    Annual conference for thousands of school leaders, teachers and counselors from middle grades, high schools and technology centers across the country.

    Delaware attendees at the July 2017 conference: 13

    SREB.org/SummerConference >

    Literacy and Math Professional Development

    SREB is partnering with states on a large-scale effort to help districts and schools adopt, spread and sustain effective literacy and math teaching strategies to meet their state’s college- and career-readiness standards.

    The Literacy Design Collaborative framework empowers language arts, science and social studies teachers to build meaningful assignments aligned to their state’s college- and career-readiness standards. Teachers take ownership of their professional growth, and students take ownership of their learning.  

    The Mathematics Design Collaborative teaching framework uses formative assessment lessons — part assessment, part instruction — to help teachers know whether their students understand material they have been taught. Teachers learn to adapt assignments and engage students so they understand the hows and whys of math.

    During 2017-18 school year, this SREB professional development reached Delaware educators in five schools.

    Delaware teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 22

    SREB.org/LDCMDC >

    Project-Based Learning in Career Pathway Courses

    Training model for teachers in high-skill career and technical education programs and career pathway academic courses. Academic and career and technical education teachers improve assignments and assessments by working with business and industry partners to develop projects that require students to apply college- and career-readiness and technical-academic standards.

    Number of participating schools in Delaware during 2016-17: 3

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    Postsecondary Education

    Academic Common Market

    A tuition-savings program for college students in SREB member states who want to pursue degrees not offered by in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the in-state tuition rates.

    During calendar year 2016, approximately 2,100 degree programs were available, 151 institutions participated and nearly 3,300 new students were certified for study.

    Number of Delaware students who participated in ACM during 2016: 104

    ACM State Representative: Juliet Murawski, Delaware Department of Higher Education, Higher Education Office

    SREB.org/ACM >​

    Regional Contract Program

    Gives students the opportunity to earn a professional health degree from participating institutions in other states through in-state tuition rates at public institutions or reduced tuition at private institutions. More than 600 students participate each year.

    Participating students from Delaware: 9

    SREB.org/RCP >

    State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

    A nationwide system to open more high-quality distance education offerings for students and ease regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. 

    Delaware is an approved member of SARA.

    Delaware SARA representative: Shana Payne, Delaware Department of Higher Education, Higher Education Office

    SREB.org/SARA >

    Fact Book and Data Exchange

    Publishes one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of comparative data through a cooperative effort of state postsecondary education agencies. Data are updated annually on topics including population demographics, college completion, tuition and fees, cost of attendance, state appropriations and faculty salaries. 

    Delaware leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, as well as Delaware: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and the annual SREB-State Data Exchange tables.

    Delaware’s Participating Agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Chesiree Wise, Delaware Higher Education Commission

    SREB.org/FactBook >

    Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing

    Helps expand and strengthen schools of nursing to reduce the critical shortage of nurse educators needed to educate the nation’s registered nurses. The Council surveys institutions for nursing education trends and shares online graduate nursing courses.

    As of October 2017, one Delaware institution is a member, listed here with its representative to the Council:

    Wilmington University: Denise Westbrook, Dean

    SREB.org/Nursing >

    Doctoral Scholars Program

    Supports minority students to help them earn Ph.D.s, begin careers at colleges and universities, and diversify campus faculties. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars, with more than 1,200 attendees.

    Scholars funded by Delaware in 2016-17: 0
    2016 Institute attendees from Delaware: 3

    Scholars Delaware has supported since joining in 1993: 2

    Graduates since 1993: 1
    Graduates currently employed: 1
    Percent employed in education: 0

    Delaware-supported Ph.D. students have attended these institutions since 1993:

    University of Delaware

    SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

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    Interstate Cooperatives

    Go Alliance

    An interstate cooperative to increase high school graduation rates, access to education beyond high school, and postsecondary degree completion — particularly for those who would be the first in their families to enroll. Go Alliance research, services and professional development focus on college access policy and communications strategies to motivate students to plan for and apply to college.

    Delaware is a Go Alliance member state.

    Go Alliance Representative: Shana Payne, Director, Higher Education Office, Delaware Department of Education

    SREB.org/GoAlliance >

    Technology Purchasing Savings

    Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved $3.3 million on over $33 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2017 — double the FY2016 savings — through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

    Delaware saved $24,922 on $251,992 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2017.

    SREB.org/CostSaving >