SREB and Florida

Overview

SREB and Florida

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Florida 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.

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.

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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 updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

Florida’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectations for college and career readiness through its school performance indicators.

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.

Florida attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in November 2017: 1

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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, spotlights inspiring stories of local practice and convenes stakeholders at regional meetings.

    Technical Assistance

    In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided general policy and practice resources.

    reports and data

    SREB produced the following resources for Florida leaders during the last 12 months:

    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.org/EE >

    Teacher Preparation

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met during 2016, 2017 and 2018 and will publish its final recommendations to improve teacher preparation programs in late 2018.​

    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.

    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 Florida to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2018.

    Throughout 2017-18, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Florida requested assistance on topics including special education services, Individualized Education Programs, college affordability, state education legislation, postsecondary accreditation and reverse credentialing.

    Meetings 

    Staff from 8 SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    Florida legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017-18 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

    SREB.org/StateServices >

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    Curriculum and School Improvement

    Advanced Career

    Nine pathways that combine college-ready academics with hands-on, project-based assignments that spark students’ learning and interest in STEM careers. Each four-course AC pathway prepares students for advanced industry credentials and two- and four-year postsecondary credentials and degrees.

    Florida schools delivering AC curricula during 2018-19:

    • Energy and Power: 1 school
    • Teachers trained to date: 3

    SREB.org/AC >

    Readiness Courses

    Ready for High School Courses

    Courses that help eighth- and ninth-graders master the literacy and math skills they need to complete a college-ready academic core and pursue challenging career pathway programs in high school. Ready for High School Literacy and Ready for High School Math can be offered in the eighth or ninth grades.

    Number of Florida teachers who attended Ready for High School trainings in 2018-19:
    Ready for High School Literacy: 15
    Ready for High School Math: 21

    Ready for College Courses

    Courses that help juniors and seniors master literacy and math skills before they transition from high school to postsecondary education and the workplace. In Literacy Ready, seniors develop and defend ideas from texts in diverse subject areas and write about those texts at a college level. Math Ready develops critical thinking and math reasoning skills and engages seniors in applying math to solve real-world problems.

    Number of Florida teachers who attended Ready for College trainings in 2018-19:
    Literacy Ready: 12
    Math Ready: 15

    SREB.org/Ready >

    Making Schools Work

    A school improvement process developed by SREB that engages K-12 educators and school leaders in identifying and studying problems of practice, implementing research-based solutions to those problems, and learning within a collaborative network of schools. Schools adopt Making Schools Work through designs for middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers.

    Advisory Council Member: Rod Duckworth, chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education

    Schools, districts and states contract with SREB to implement Making Schools Work and receive targeted school improvement services such as professional development, instructional coaching and technical assistance.

    Two Florida districts contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

    SREB will deliver 110 days of on-site coaching and 20 days of on-site professional development in these districts.

    SREB.org/hstw-school-improvement-design>

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    Professional Development
    For Teachers, Principals and Counselors

    Making Schools Work Conference

    Annual conference, formerly known as the High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference, for K-12 teachers, counselors, principals, technology center directors and state and district education agency personnel.

    Florida attendees at the July 2018 conference: 55

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    College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference

    Conference that focuses on literacy and mathematics tools and strategies. Teams of educators and school leaders explore disciplinary literacy strategies and formative assessment lessons that engage students in math.

    Florida attendees at the July 2018 conference: 67

    SREB.org/SummerConference >

    Learning-Centered Leadership Program

    Leadership preparation program that develops current or aspiring principals’ capacity to serve as effective instructional leaders who understand how to use data to locate and close gaps.

    Florida attendees at the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum: 7

    SREB.org/LCLP >

    National Technology Centers That Work Leaders’ Forum

    Forum for state and local career and technical education leaders to discuss the role of full- and shared-time technology centers. Teams of center and school leaders, teachers and education and industry partners build action plans.

    Florida attendees at the 2018 National TCTW Leaders’ Forum: 8

    SREB.org/TCTW

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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 2017, approximately 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and nearly 3,355 new students were certified for study.

    *Florida only participates at the Graduate level.

    In 2017, 24 Florida students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $11,852 each and a collective total of $260,740 in tuition.

    ACM State Representative: Catherine Oakley, Education Policy Analyst, Board of Governors, State University System of Florida

    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.

    Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Florida programs in 2017-18: 1

    Residents of other states may contract for entry into Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. In academic year 2017-18, this institution received $18,700 from other SREB states.

    SREB.org/RCP >

    State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

    A nationwide system to offer more high-quality distance education programs for students and ease the regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. By participating, colleges and universities in the SREB region save almost $30 million annually.​

    Florida is an approved member of SARA.

    Colleges and universities in Florida saved $12.2 million for initial authorization and save $3.4 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

    Florida SARA Representatives: Morgan Champion, Director of Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education with the Commission for Independent Education.

    SREB.org/SARA >

    Fact Book and Data Exchange

    Fact Book

    The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education is a compilation of comparative data on topics including demographics; college enrollment, retention, progression and graduation; tuition and fees; student financial aid; state support for postsecondary education; and faculty salaries. The Fact Book is published bi-annually, but the data are updated annually and made available on the SREB website.​

    Florida leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Florida: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education .

    SREB-State Data Exchange

    An annual collection of postsecondary education data that are submitted by representatives (i.e., Data Exchange coordinators) of postsecondary education system offices. The data collected include degrees conferred, student retention and progression, time to degree, student credit hours taken by high school students and by college students in courses using distance education technology, state funding for postsecondary education, and tuition and fees.

    SREB State Data Exchange tables are posted on the SREB website.

    Florida’s participating agencies and SREB State Data Exchange Coordinators:

    Jason Jones, Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida
    Eric Godin, Florida College System

    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 2018, six Florida institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

    Barry University: John McFadden, Dean
    Florida Atlantic University: Marlaine Smith, Dean
    Florida International University: Ora L. Strickland, Dean
    Nova Southeastern University: Marcella Rutherford, Dean
    University of North Florida: Lillia Loriz, Dean,
      SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee Member
    University of South Florida: Victoria P. Rich, 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 Florida in 2017-18: 15
    2017 Institute attendees from Florida: 84

    Scholars Florida has supported since joining in 1993: 19

    Graduates since 1993: 4
    Graduates currently employed: 2
    Percent employed in education: 50

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

    Florida International University
    Florida State University
    University of Florida

    SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

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    Interstate Cooperatives

    Educational Technology Cooperative

    Membership group of state K-12 and higher education coordinating and governing boards that represent more than 800 colleges and universities and 3,100 school districts in SREB states. The ETC focuses on member agencies and state policymakers on using technology wisely, helps states understand technology issues, and forms an action agenda for effectively using technology in education. 

    Florida representatives attended the spring and summer ETC webinars. Florida sent one attendee to the 2018 ETC annual meeting on teaching and technology.

    Florida ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology. John Opper served on two of the 10 Issues working groups and is a member of the ETC executive committee.

    Florida ETC Representative and Member Agency:

    John Opper, Executive Director, Distance Learning and Student Support Services, Florida Virtual Campus

    SREB.org/EdTech >

    Insurance and Technology Purchasing Savings

    Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved 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.

    Florida saved $284,417 on $2,874,623 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018.

    The University of Florida participates in MHECare student insurance solutions. 

    SREB.org/CostSaving >