SREB and North Carolina


SREB and North Carolina

An overview of SREB programs and services and how North Carolina 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 new 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. >

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.

In September 2017, SREB staff presented information on state efforts to redesign state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act at SREB’s annual Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff. A stakeholder from North Carolina attended. >

Readiness in New State Accountability Systems

SREB’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at


In January 2018 SREB published a set of reports on the redesign of state accountability systems. Profiles on each state describe how the state established expectations for increasing college and career readiness and also include the state’s long-term goals, school performance indicators, framework for differentiating school performance, and system of identification and support for struggling schools. An introduction to trends across states offers recommendations for making the new systems effective tools for continuous improvement.

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


SREB staff presented information on state efforts to redesign state accountability systems at SREB’s Annual Meeting in June 2017 and at the Legislative Advisory Council meeting in November 2017. Fifteen stakeholders from North Carolina attended.

Technical Assistance

Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference call 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 North Carolina participated. >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

North Carolina attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2017: 2 >

    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

    SREB supported the development and implementation of North Carolina’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding school leader trainings, statewide administration of a student survey and the enhancement of the state’s teacher human capital dashboard.

    SREB staff attended the BEST NC Advisory meeting in September 2017.

    SREB staff responded to two information requests related to teacher compensation and teacher-led feedback conferences.

    SREB staff met with state department staff in Raleigh for two days in January 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 for state department staff that shared 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 April 2018. They participated in collaborative working sessions with peers from 12 SREB states.

    SREB staff presented on innovative ways to expand student access to high-quality instruction to state lawmakers who attended SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council Winter Meeting in November 2017.

    A state team from North Carolina attended SREB’s teacher evaluation meeting, Improving Educator Effectiveness: Lessons Learned, in November 2017. Multiple stakeholder groups attended, including state agency leaders, teacher association representatives, district superintendents, principals and classroom teachers.

    Department staff attended a regional meeting with their state agency peers from other SREB states in November 2017 following SREB’s teacher evaluation meeting. State department staff in charge of educator development issues met to discuss shared problems of practice in four areas: equitable access to effective teaching, leadership development, professional learning, and teacher voice.

    SREB staff presented on teacher shortages at the SREB Meeting of Legislative and Governors’ Staff in September 2017.

    reports and data

    SREB produced the following resources for North Carolina 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.

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

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

    Information Request Series, shares SREB responses to stakeholder questions on topics including educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention issues.

    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, 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. The report features the University of North Carolina’s Educator Quality Dashboard.

    At their December 2016 meeting, members of the Commission members got a virtual tour of the UNC Educator Quality Dashboard, a data system that is researching how to prepare better teachers.

    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.

    A representative from the University of North Carolina General Administration participated in a meeting on accreditation issues coordinated by SREB with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

    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 North Carolina to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2017.

    Throughout 2017-18, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from North Carolina requested assistance on topics including extended-year teacher contracts, comparative community college information, and the SREB Board and Legislative Advisory Council.


    North Carolina staff were among those from 10 SREB states at the 2017 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions. 

    North Carolina legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. >


    Curriculum and School Improvement

    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. 

    North Carolina participation in AC programs, 2017-18:

    Aerospace Engineering: 2 schools

    Clean Energy Technology: 2 schools

    Health Informatics: 2 schools

    Teachers trained: 8 >

    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. Taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems.

    North Carolina has trained over 100 teachers in SREB’s Readiness Courses since 2015, and over 200 high schools have implemented Literacy Ready and Math Ready to date.

    Math Leader

    North Carolina has been a leader in implementing Math Ready. SREB worked with North Carolina to develop Essentials of College Mathematics, aligned to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction standards. Essentials for College Math was adopted as a fourth-year math course and qualifies for University of North Carolina admission. Students who complete the course and meet GPA measures are not required to take remedial math when they enroll at a North Carolina community college.

    Pre- and post-test data from schools that offer Essentials for College Math show that students gained one placement level in preparedness for college mathematics.

    Outstanding Math Ready Teacher
    Jeff McCulloch of Eugene Ashley High School
    in New Hanover County Schools has taught Math Ready since it was piloted and mentored other Math Ready teachers.

    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.

    Over 40 teachers were trained in the Ready for High School courses in literacy and math in 2016, with selected high schools piloting the courses in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. >

    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.

    North Carolina is a member of the state network. In 2016-17, 18 schools were active.

    Thirty North Carolina schools contracted for direct services in 2017-18. SREB is delivering 128 days of on-site coaching and 72 days of on-site staff development at the schools.

    HSTW Board Member: Trey Michael, State Director, Career and Technical Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

    HSTW Coordinator: Cheryl Cox >

    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.

    In 2017-18, 21 North Carolina middle schools contracted with SREB for direct services. >

    Counseling for College and 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 assisting two North Carolina districts with Counseling for Careers.


    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. 

    North Carolina attendees at the July 2017 conference: 69 >

    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: Cynthia Floyd, School Counseling Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction >

    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.

    North Carolina attendees at the July 2017 conference: 235 >

    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.

    North Carolina attendees at the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum: 2

    The LCLP is partnering with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to prepare principals to lead schools in 11 rural districts. The Principal Preparation for Excellence and Equity in Rural Schools program recently received 59 of 60 possible points from an external evaluator and will graduate its first cohort of 20 school leaders in June 2018. Enrollment for a second cohort of 20 future school leaders opens in April, 2018, for a program running from 2018-2020, serving nine partner districts. A third cohort of 20 is planned for the years 2020-2022. >

    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.

    SREB’s Powerful Literacy Practices empower 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.  

    “Their ability to express their understanding of very complex materials in writing is far greater than I ever anticipated.” — Atoniea Boykins, career management teacher at East Rutherford High School in Bostic

    SREB’s Powerful Mathematics Practices use 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.

    “I thought I was doing a good job, but I felt like something was missing. When I started the FALs, I thought ‘Oh, my gosh! This is what I was looking for!’” — Claudia Rodriguez, mathematics teacher, North Asheboro Middle School

    During the 2017-18 school year, this SREB professional development reached North Carolina educators in 238 schools.

    North Carolina teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 3,218

     “Students find it disheartening when they are taught information with no idea of why they are learning it. Give them a goal, however, and you get to watch everything click into place.” — Katrina Zimmerman, science and technology teacher, Turrentine Middle School in Burlington


    In 2017, South Stanly High School in the Stanly County School District was honored with the Outstanding LDC-MDC School Award.

    In July 2016Esther Hollingsworth-Shaw of Hoke County High School won the Outstanding MDC Teacher Award. Tammie Williams of Roanoke Rapids High School won the 2016 Outstanding LDC-MDC School Principal Award from SREB. >

    Project-Based Learning

    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 North Carolina teachers and administrators in training and coaching in 2017-18: 17

    Number of participating schools in North Carolina during 2017-18: 114


    Postsecondary Education

    State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

    A nationwide system to open more high-quality distance education offerings for students and ease the regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. 

    North Carolina is an approved member of SARA.

    North Carolina SARA representative: Terrence R. Scarborough, Director of SARA-NC, North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (UNC System Office). >

    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. 

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

    North Carolina participating agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators:

    Dan Cohen-Vogel, University of North Carolina-General Administration

    Courtney Burns, North Carolina Community College System >

    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, six North Carolina institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

    East Carolina University: Sylvia Brown, Dean
    North Carolina Central University: Wanda Lawrence, Chair 
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Nilda Peragallo Montano, Dean
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Dena Evans, Director
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Robin Remsburg
    University of North Carolina at Wilmington: Laurie Badzek >

    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 North Carolina in 2017-18: 9
    2017 Institute attendees from North Carolina: 29

    Scholars North Carolina has supported since joining in 1993: 14

    Graduates since 1993: 3
    Graduates currently employed: 3
    Percent employed in education: 100

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

    North Carolina State University
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro >


    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. 

    North Carolina representatives attended ETC’s spring and summer webinars. North Carolina sent two attendees to the 2017 annual meeting on teaching and technology.

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

    Verna Lalbeharie of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is a member of the ETC executive committee.

    In May 2017, North Carolina sent a team of educators and policymakers to the SREB and digiLEARN Personalized Learning Regional Meeting to learn more about how to develop a comprehensive and sustainable effort in their states. Verna Lalbeharie was a member of the North Carolina team at the meeting, representing technology interests for K-12 education.

    North Carolina ETC representatives and member agencies:

    Katherine Davis, Learning Technology Systems Business Analyst, North Carolina Community College System

    Verna Lalbeharie, Director of Digital Teaching and Learning, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction >

    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.

    North Carolina saved $444,780 on $4,439,021​ in technology purchases in fiscal year 2017. >