SREB and Maryland

Overview

SREB and Maryland

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Maryland 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 transitional courses in 12th grade.

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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.

PUBLICATIONS

In May 2017, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Alignment of Instructional Materials.

In May 2016, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning.

These reports include a regional report that describes implementation across the states, highlights strong state efforts and recommends actions for improvement — plus 16 state profiles that describe each state’s efforts in detail, highlight notable actions and offer recommendations for moving forward.

The alignment of instructional materials report notes Maryland’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.

The professional learning report notes Maryland’s strong efforts in the areas of providing guidance and tools to help educators design and deliver professional learning and learn about the standards; and providing technical assistance to support local professional learning efforts.

Meetings 

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. Three participants from Maryland attended the meeting, and one of the Maryland participants gave a presentation.

Project staff presented information and facilitated dialogue on implementation of state college- and career-readiness standards and related reforms at SREB’s annual Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in October 2016. One participant from Maryland attended the meeting.

INTERACTIVE DATA

In 2016, SREB launched its Insights tool to help policymakers compare and understand state policy and practice. Users can explore data from these and other SREB reports.

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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, 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

SREB partnered with the Maryland State Department of Education to support implementation of a statewide educator effectiveness strategy. The Department focuses on three areas: expanding professional development opportunities, conducting research and data analysis, and supporting low-performing schools in Baltimore City. SREB staff visited the Department in March and October 2017 to help implement the statewide strategy.

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

convenings

A state team from Maryland 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.

The Maryland State 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.

Reports and Data

SREB produced several resources for Maryland leaders during the last 12 months, including:

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

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

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

Information Request Series, first published in January 2017, features our 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, allows constituents to track legislative bills across eight areas, including teacher preparation, evaluation and professional learning.

The bi-weekly Educator Effectiveness e-newsletter

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Teacher Preparation

SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission meets during 2016, 2017 and 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 October 2016 report , policymakers can draw on individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels and on a Promising State Policies and Practices report featuring cost reduction strategies.

High School Graduate Projections

Maryland registrants participated in a February 2017 webinar SREB co-hosted with the  Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education on WICHE’s Knocking at the College Door projections of high school graduates.

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 Maryland to meet with legislators and staff and attend committee meetings in 2017.

Throughout 2016-17, legislators and legislative and governors’ staff from Maryland requested assistance on topics including prekindergarten education, inter-district school choice, federal legislation, teacher preparation, SREB Advanced Career and special education.

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

SREB.org/StateServices >

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Professional Development
For Teachers, Principals and Counselors

College- and Career-Readiness Networking Conference

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

Maryland attendees at the July 2016 conference: 17

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.

Maryland attendees at the July 2016 conference: 4

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 the 2016-17 school year, this SREB professional development has reached Maryland educators in 14 schools.

Maryland teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 96

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 Maryland students who participated in ACM during 2016: 690

ACM State Representative: Jacqueline Cade, Education Policy Analyst, Maryland Higher Education Commission

SREB.org/ACM >​

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. ​

Maryland is an approved member of SARA.

Maryland SARA representative: Koliwe Moyo-Stephens, Online Education Analyst, Maryland Higher Education Commission

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. 

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

Maryland participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinator: Jon Enriquez, Maryland Higher Education Commission

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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, two Maryland institutions are members (listed here with its representative to the Council):

The Johns Hopkins University: Patricia M. Davidson, Dean
University of Maryland at Baltimore: Jane Kirschling, 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 Maryland in 2016-17: 8
2016 Institute attendees from Maryland: 46

Scholars Maryland has supported since joining in 1993: 44

Graduates since 1993: ​31
Graduates currently employed: 27
Percent employed in education: 78

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

John Hopkins University
University of Maryland – Baltimore County
University of Maryland – College Park
 

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.

Maryland is a Go Alliance member state.

Go Alliance Representative: Benee’ Edwards, Outreach and Grants Management Coordinator, Maryland Higher Education Commission

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. 

Maryland representatives attended the spring and summer ETC webinars. Maryland sent one attendee to the 2017 annual meeting on teaching and technology.

Maryland ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology and served on the working groups for revisions.

Maryland participated in the ETC Intrastate Networking Visits in May 2017, hosted at Stevenson University in Owings Mills. Participants from the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission, Quality Matters, Maryland Online, Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association, Maryland Research and Education Network, Maryland Public Television, University of Maryland System, University of Maryland University College and Stevenson University discussed topics to improve collaboration across systems to gain efficiency and K-20 alignment.

Maryland ETC representative and member agency

Jacqueline Cade, Education Policy Analyst, Maryland Higher Education Commission

SREB.org/EdTech >

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.

Maryland saved $339,531 on $3,301,817​ in technology purchases in fiscal year 2017.

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