SREB and Louisiana

Overview

SREB and Louisiana

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Louisiana 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 Materialsa regional report that describes implementation across the 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 Louisiana’s strong efforts in the areas of establishing conventions for developing, reviewing and selecting aligned instructional materials; supporting local efforts to use high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials; and using data to continuously improve state efforts.

SREB.org/Benchmarking >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Louisiana attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 7

    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

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

    SREB staff facilitated a retreat of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in August 2017.

    SREB staff responded in December 2016 to an information request from a Louisiana legislative researcher on clinical requirements for student teachers.

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

    convenings

    The Louisiana Department of Education sent a representative to SREB’s fifth annual educator effectiveness convening in March 2017. He participated in working sessions with peers from nine other SREB states.

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

    REPORTS AND DATA

    SREB produced resources for Louisiana 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 stakeholder questions on topics including 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. The Louisiana Teacher Preparation Program Fact Book is featured in the report.

    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.

    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 Louisiana Board of Regents participated.

    SREB assisted Louisiana policy leaders wtih a request for information on financial aid.

    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 Louisiana to meet with legislators and staff in 2017.

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Louisiana requested assistance on topics including financial aid.

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

    SREB.org/StateServices >

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    Curriculum and School Improvement

    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.

    HSTW State Network

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

    Louisiana is a member of the High Schools That Work state network. Seven schools were active in 2016-17.

    HSTW Board Member: Patricia Felder, Executive Director, Career and Technical Education Louisiana & Technical College System

    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. 

    Eight Louisiana schools contracted for direct services in 2015-16. SREB provided 108 days of on-site coaching and 16 days of on-site staff development at the schools.

    SREB.org/HSTW >

    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.

    Louisiana is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network, with 10 active schools in five parishes in 2016-17.

    All six schools were part of a joint initiative of SREB and the Louisiana Department of Education to improve instruction in northeast Louisiana. The schools received ongoing professional development and job-embedded coaching to improve instruction.

    SREB.org/MMGW >

    Technology Centers That Work

    Helps shared-time centers produce high-demand, high-wage graduates. SREB provides staff development, technical assistance, publications and assessment services. The network includes almost 196 sites in 18 states.

    Active centers in Louisiana in 2016-17: 2

    SREB.org/TCTW >

    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.

    SREB is partnering with Bossier City Community College to implement Counseling for Careers in parish schools and increase business and community partnerships.

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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. 

    Louisiana attendees at the July 2017 conference: 85

    SREB.org/NetworkingConference >

    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. 

    Go Alliance Academy Representative: Tireka Cobb, Director, Field Outreach Services, Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

    SREB.org/GoAllianceAcademy >

    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.

    Louisiana attendees at the July 2017 conference: 21

    SREB.org/SummerConference >

    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.

    SREB’s Learning-Centered Leadership Program, in partnership with Advanced Innovative Education, delivered a two-day training on the SREB leadership module Coaching for School Improvement in Baton Rouge.

    Louisiana attendees at the Coaching for School Improvement workshop: 6 

    SREB.org/LCLP >

    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 Louisiana educators in 29 schools.

    Louisiana teachers, principals and coaches who participated in training and coaching: 268

    SREB.org/LDCMDC >

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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 Louisiana students who participated in ACM during 2016: 82

    ACM State Representative: LeAnn Detillier, assistant commissioner for program administration, Louisiana Board of Regents

    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 Louisiana: 37

    Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Louisiana programs in 2016-17: 48

    Residents of other states may contract for entry into Louisiana State University in veterinary medicine and the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in dentistry. These Louisiana institutions receive more than $1 million annually from other SREB states.

    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. ​

    Louisiana is an approved member of SARA.

    Louisiana SARA representative: LeAnn Detillier, Assistant Commissioner for Program Administration, Louisiana Board of Regents

    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. 

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

    Louisiana participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Kimberly Kirkpatrick, Louisiana Board of Regents

    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, five Louisiana institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

    Grambling State University: Meg Brown, Interim Associate Dean 
    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center: Demetrius Porche, Dean
    Northwestern State University: Dana Clawson, Dean
    University of Holy Cross: Patricia Prechter, Dean
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette: Gail Poirrier, 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 Louisiana in 2016-17: 64
    2016 Institute attendees from Louisiana: 30

    Scholars Louisiana has supported since joining in 1993: 158

    Graduates since 1993: 59
    Graduates currently employed: 534
    Percent employed in education: 87

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

    Louisiana State University
    Louisiana Tech University
    ​Rice University 
    Tulane University of Louisiana 
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    University of Louisiana at Monroe
    University of New Orleans

    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.

    Louisiana is a Go Alliance member state.

    Go Alliance Representative: Tireka Cobb, Director, Field Outreach Services, Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

    SREB.org/GoAlliance >

    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. 

    Louisiana representatives attended the spring and summer webinars. Louisiana sent two attendees to the 2017 ETC annual meeting on teaching and technology.

    Louisiana ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology and served on working groups for revisions. Lance Neal of the Louisiana Board of Regents served on the ETC executive committee.

    Louisiana ETC Representatives and Member Agencies

    Carol Mosley, State Education Technology and e-Rate Director, Louisiana Department of Education

    Karthik Poobalasubramanian, Programmer/Analyst, Louisiana Board of Regents

    SREB.org/EdTech >

    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.

    Louisiana saved $461,840 on $4,669,542​ in technology purchases in fiscal year 2017.

    SREB.org/CostSaving >