SREB and Georgia


SREB and Georgia

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Georgia 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.



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

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

In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

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

In October 2018, SREB staff presented information from the reports at SREB’s annual meeting of legislative and governors’ staff. Stakeholders from Georgia attended.

Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference all 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 Georgia 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.

Georgia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 2>

    Educator Effectiveness

    Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

    Technical Assistance

    SREB staff met with state department staff in Atlanta in November 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 for state department staff 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 Georgia 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. >

    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


    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.

    Georgia’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 31 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 19 percent at public two-year colleges.

    SREB assisted Georgia with a college affordability review, and the 2018 state legislature authorized a new need-based financial aid program. State Senator Fran Millar presented on this at SREB’s annual Board meeting. SREB featured University System of Georgia college affordability initiatives at the Board meeting and the Georgia Hope Career Grant during the 2018 annual meeting of legislative and governors’ office staff.

    SREB convened state higher education agency executive officers in December 2018 to explore how SREB can best serve postsecondary agencies, discuss issues facing the states and solicit comments on our draft strategic plan. The University System of Georgia’s executive vice chancellor for academic affairs participated.

    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, including the President, visited Georgia to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2018.

    Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Georgia requested assistance on topics including career and technical education, and students with dyslexia.


    Georgia staff were among those from 8 SREB states at the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff from across the SREB region to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    Georgia legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. >


    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.

    Georgia schools delivering AC curricula during 2018-19:

    • Clean Energy Technology: 1 school
    • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 3 schools
    • Innovations in Science and Technology: 3 schools
    • Integrated Production Technologies: 2 schools
    • Teachers trained to date: 15>

    Readiness Courses

    Ready for college

    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 Georgia teachers who attended Ready for College trainings in 2018-19:
    Math Ready: 25 >

    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.

    Georgia is a member of the Making Schools Work network.

    Advisory Council Member: Barbara Wall, state CTAE director, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, Georgia Department of Education

    State Coordinator: John Pritchett, curriculum coordinator, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, Georgia 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.

    Five Georgia districts contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

    SREB will deliver 218 days of on-site coaching and professional development in these districts.

    Partnership for Improvement Science for Rural Georgia Districts

    The Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) and SREB entered a strategic two-year partnership to design and implement a networked improvement community among three rural district partners.

    This partnership will engage teachers and leaders from three rural districts using improvement science to improve outcomes for middle and high school students. Improvement science is a process that uses rapid testing cycles to develop and refine solutions to problems shared across networks. GLISI and SREB will join forces to provide expert facilitation, on-site technical assistance, choice-driven personalized learning, and coaching of teachers and leaders.

    GLISI and SREB are connecting with potential district partners and will launch the network in June 2019. The partnership will continue through Summer 2021.

    Gwinnett County Public Schools 

    Gwinnett County in suburban Atlanta is working with SREB to implement full-scale reform strategies across the district to get students ready for college and careers. These strategies include:

    • Career academies that guide students through a rigorous academic core with advanced CTE courses like Advanced Career
    • Training and coaching in literacy and mathematics practices
    • Training and coaching for principals and other school leaders
    • Support for career counseling>


    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.

    Georgia attendees at the July 2018 conference: 159>

    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.

    Georgia attendees at the July 2018 conference: 25>

    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.

    Georgia attendees at the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum: 12 >

    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.

    Georgia attendees at the 2018 National TCTW Leaders’ Forum: 9


    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 academic year 2019-20, 2,198 degree programs were available, 166 institutions participated, and 2,261 residents were certified for study through the Academic Common Market.

    For academic year 2019-20, 693 Georgia residents were certified to attend degree programs at out-of-state institutions through the Academic Common Market.

    ACM State Representative: Monique Hudson, Administrative Coordinator, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. >

    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 Georgia residents in 2019-20: 34

    Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Georgia programs in 2019-20: 76

    Residents of other states may contract for entry into the University of Georgia for Veterinary Medicine. For academic year 2019-20, this institution received more than $2.5 million from other SREB states.

    RCP State Coordinator: Martha Venn, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Georgia Board of Regents >

    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.

    Georgia is an approved member of SARA.

    Colleges and universities in Georgia saved $7.7 million for initial authorization and save $2.2 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

    Georgia SARA representative: Kirk Shook, Executive Director at Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, with secondary contact Adam Hawk, SARA Coordinator at Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Member At-Large (10/2017-10/2020): Robert Keown, Executive Director of the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection, Technical College System of Georgia. >

    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.​

    Georgia leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Georgia: 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.

    Georgia’s participating agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators: Lori Hagood and Jason Matt, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

    Richard Young and Cynthia Lee, Technical College System of Georgia >

    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 November 2018, 10 Georgia institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

    Albany State University: Cathy Williams, Chair
    Augusta University: Lucy Marion, Dean
    Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University: Linda Streit, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee
    Georgia College and State University: Deborah McMillan, Director
    Georgia Southwestern State University: Sandra Daniel, Dean
    Georgia State University: Susan Kelley, Associate Dean
    Kennesaw State University: Yvonne Eaves, Director
    Middle Georgia State University: Donna Ingram, Chair
    University of West Georgia: Jennifer Schuessler, Dean
    Valdosta State University: Sheri Noviello, Dean >

    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 (DSP) hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars, with more than 1,100 attendees. The data below reflect Ph.D. Scholars who are funded by the state or by individual institutions.​​

    Georgia scholars since 1993: 189
    Georgia scholars funded in 2018-19: 14
    2018 Institute attendees from Georgia: 52
    Graduates since 1993: 137
    Graduates currently employed: 122
    Percent employed in education: 80

    Georgia-Ph.D. students in the DSP have attended these institutions since 1993:​

    Georgia Health Sciences University
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Georgia Regents University
    Georgia State University
    Medical College of Georgia
    University of Georgia >


    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 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. 

    Georgia representatives attended the spring and summer ETC webinars. Georgia sent two attendees to the 2018 ETC annual meeting on teaching and technology, Robert Keown and Jay Heap.

    Georgia ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology and served on working groups for revisions. Robert Keown of Georgia Technical College System served as team leader for the 10 Issues educational innovation working group and is a member of the ETC executive committee. Jay Heap of Georgia Virtual School joined the ETC in January 2019.

    Georgia participated in the ETC Intrastate Networking Visits in July 2018, hosted at the Technical College System of Georgia. Participants from the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Department of Education, and the Georgia Board of Regents discussed topics to improve collaboration across systems to gain efficiency and K-20 alignment.

    Georgia ETC representative and member agency

    Robert Keown, Executive Director, Georgia Virtual Technical Connection and Military Affairs, Technical College System of Georgia

    Jay Heap, Director of Georgia Virtual School, Georgia Department of Education >

    Technology and Insurance Purchasing Savings

    Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved $8.3 million on $83 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2018 through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

    Georgia saved $236,643 on $2,391,465 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018.

    The University System of Georgia and its institutions participate in MHECare student insurance solutions. >