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

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 summarized each state’s progress on the recommendations through fall 2016. > 

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.


In May 2017, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Alignment of Instructional Materialsa regional report that describes implementation across states, highlights strong efforts and recommends 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 notes Georgia’s strong efforts in using data to continuously improve state efforts.


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. Two state education agency leaders from Georgia participate.


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. Two participants from Georgia attended.

Project 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. Six stakeholders from Georgia attended. >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Georgia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2017: 17 >

    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

    In November 2016, SREB staff provided technical assistance to Georgia Department of Education staff, who are leading implementation of the state’s educator evaluation system.

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


    A state team from Georgia 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.

    Department staff attended a regional community of practice meeting following the multi-stakeholder meeting.

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

    SREB staff presented information to state lawmakers at SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council Winter Meeting in December 2016 on teacher preparation and teacher recruitment strategies.

    reports and data

    SREB produced resources for Georgia 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 the practical implications for state, district and school leaders seeking to use emerging student survey tools

    Information Request Series, beginning January 2017, featuring responses to SREB stakeholders’ questions. Topics covered include 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 >

    Teacher Preparation

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met during 2016 and 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


    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.

    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 University System of Georgia participated.

    SREB is assisting Georgia with a college affordability review.

    SREB assisted Georgia legislators with requests for information on postsecondary issues such as financial aid for dependents of veterans, educational goals, state longitudinal data systems and open learning resources.

    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 Georgia to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2016.

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Georgia requested assistance on topics including high school graduation requirements by state, need-based and merit-based financial aid, and college affordability.


    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. Georgia 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. Georgia legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 conference. >


    Curriculum and School Improvement

    Model District: Gwinnett County

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

    • Career academies that guide students through a rigorous academic core with advanced CTE courses 
    • Literacy Design and Math Design training and coaching
    • Training and coaching for principals and other school leaders
    • Support for career counseling

    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. 

    Georgia participation in AC programs, 2017-18:

    • Clean Energy Technology:1 school
    • Energy and Power: 1 school
    • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 3 schools
    • Innovations in Science and Technology: 3 schools
    • Integrated Production Technologies: 1 school
    • Teachers trained: 7 >

    Readiness Courses:
    Math Ready and Literacy Ready

    Courses specifically designed to help underprepared students succeed in the next phase of their education. 

    Ready for college

    Courses to teach young adults the reading, writing and math skills they must have to succeed in college. They are taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems.

    Over 150 Georgia teachers have been trained in Math Ready, and over 100 high schools are implementing the course in 2017-18.

    Ready for high school

    New courses for the transition from middle grades to high school. Underprepared students take the classes in eighth or ninth grade.

    Teachers from Georgia participated in developing, field testing and reviewing the new courses. >

    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 and its six design features and nine key practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

    HSTW State Network

    Member states select schools to receive services. The fee for state membership in the consortium covers several services and visits.

    Georgia is a member of the High Schools That Work state network. In 2016-17, 22 Georgia schools were active.

    HSTW Board Member: Barbara Wall, Director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, Georgia Department of Education  

    HSTW State Coordinator: John Pritchett, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Curriculum Coordinator, Georgia Department of Education  

    Contracts for Direct Support

    Schools, districts and states contract with SREB for targeted school improvement services such as on-site coaching, technical assistance and professional development. 

    Eighteen Georgia schools contracted for direct services in 2016-17.  SREB delivered 132 days of on-site coaching and 32 days of on-site staff development at the schools. 

    In addition, SREB is working with Gwinnett County Schools to develop career academies in several high schools.


    Camden County High School in Kingsland and Meadowcreek High School in Gwinnett County won Outstanding High Schools That Work Site awards in July 2017. Meadowcreek Principal Tommy Welch was honored as Outstanding High Schools That Work Administrator. >

    Making Middle Grades Work

    Engages state, district and school leaders in partnerships with teachers, students, parents and the community to raise student achievement in the middle grades. In addition to workshops and school visits, SREB links schools to the professional development resources they need. The network includes over 650 schools in 20 states.

    Georgia is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network with eight active schools. In 2016-17, SREB conducted eight days of project-based learning professional development at St. Marys Middle School.

    In 2013, St. Marys Middle School in Camden County collaborated with SREB’s MMGW program to make a systematic schoolwide change and move to a STEM-focused school with the goal of achieving recognition as a certified Georgia STEM middle school.


    St. Marys Middle School won an Outstanding Making Middle Grades Work Site award in July 2017. >

    Counseling for Careers

    Awakens students to career goals and connects them to the high school and postsecondary programs of study to succeed in them. SREB offers workshops, materials and coaching for districts, schools and technology centers, which then involve teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and community partners.

    In Georgia, 54 districts participate through regional and district-level professional development and coaching, through a partnership among SREB, the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.


    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. 

    Georgia attendees at the July 2017 conference: 35 >

    Go Alliance Academy

    Strives to increase the postsecondary education and career success of all students by providing timely and relevant professional development in college and career readiness to school counselors, teachers, principals, career coaches and college access advisors. 

    Georgia is one of 20 member states and one of the six founding states. 

    Go Alliance Academy Representative: Rosalind Barnes Fowler, Public Awareness Director, University System of Georgia >

    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.

    Georgia attendees at the July 2017 conference: 227 >

    Learning-Centered Leadership Program

    Works with district, state and university partners to prepare aspiring principals and school leadership teams to lead school reform to ensure that students are ready for college and careers. This program offers training, guidance and technical assistance.

    Georgia attendees at the 2017 Annual Leadership Forum: 15 >

    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 the 2017-18 school year, this SREB professional development reached Georgia educators in 26 schools.

    Georgia teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 236

    “Before LDC, some students were removed from class discussions — or if they were participating, they were really just going through the motions. With LDC, students were genuinely interested. They became enthusiastic during group work. Students were invested.” — Quinton Granville, former seventh-grade reading and social studies teacher, Atlanta Public Schools >

    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 Georgia teachers and administrators in training or coaching in 2016-17: 50

    Number of participating schools in Georgia during 2016-17: 19


    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 Georgia students who participated in ACM during 2016: 884

    ACM State Representative: Deborah Sullivan, Program Manager, 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 students from Georgia in 2017-18: 34

    Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Georgia programs in 2017-18: 75

    Residents of other states may contract for entry into the University of Georgia in Veterinary Medicine. For academic year 2017-18, this institution received more than $2.45 million from other SREB states. >

    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. 

    Georgia is an approved member of SARA.

    Georgia SARA representative: Patricia Neri, SARA Coordinator, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission >

    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. 

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

    Georgia’s participating agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators: Angela Bell and Tracey Cook, 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 April 2018, 13 Georgia institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

    Armstrong State University: Catherine Gilbert, Chair
    Augusta University: Lucy Marion, Dean
    Brenau University: Dina Hewett, Director
    College of Coastal Georgia: Patricia Kraft, Dean
    Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University: Linda Streit, Dean
    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
      SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee Member
    Valdosta State University: Sheri Noviello, Dean
      SREB Nursing Council Nominating Committee
    Wesleyan College: Sirena Sawyer Fritz, 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 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 Georgia in 2016-17: 60
    2016 Institute attendees from Georgia: 98

    Scholars Georgia has supported since joining in 1993: 171

    Graduates since 1993: 101
    Graduates currently employed: 83
    Percent employed in education: 82

    Georgia-supported Ph.D. students 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

    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.

    Georgia is a Go Alliance member state.

    Go Alliance Representative: Rosalind Barnes Fowler, Public Awareness Director, University System of Georgia >

    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 2017 ETC annual meeting on teaching and technology. Robert Keown of the Technical College System of Georgia served on a panel discussion for personalized learning.

    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.

    In May 2017, Georgia sent a team of educators and policymakers to the SREB and digiLEARN Personalized Learning Regional Meeting. Robert Keown, executive director, Georgia Virtual Technical Connection and director of military affairs at the Technical College System of Georgia, participated with the Georgia team and was a panelist on the competency-based education panel.

    Georgia ETC representative and member agency

    Robert Keown, Executive Director, Georgia Virtual Technical Connection, Technical College System of Georgia >

    Technology Purchasing Savings

    Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved $1.7 million on $17 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2016 through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

    Georgia saved $299,282 on $3,025,501 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2017. >