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  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.  

North Carolina’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. A stakeholder from North Carolina attended.

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 

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.

North Carolina attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 5

The assistant vice president for academic affairs from the North Carolina Community College System spoke at the forum.>

    Educator Effectiveness

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

    Technical Assistance

    From 2015-2018, 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 met with state department staff in Raleigh 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 January 2019 that shares site visit and focus group findings, as well as recommendations for improving the implementation of the state’s educator effectiveness strategy.

    Staff responded to a legislative request related to teacher recruitment and retention in February 2019.


    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. 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 North Carolina 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 in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.​

    SREB is facilitating the North Carolina Education Human Capital Roundtable with 10 cross-agency and board leaders, from fall 2018 to summer 2019. The Roundtable is working to improve teacher licensure, pathways and preparation at the state level.

    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.

    North Carolina’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 25 percent of family income in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 18 percent at public two-year colleges.

    An SREB Board member from North Carolina spoke to the Legislative Advisory Council in November 2018 about the state’s efforts to make college more affordable.

    SREB featured North Carolina initiatives to address workforce issues in a presentation by a member of the Legislative Advisory Council during SREB’s 2018 annual board meeting.

    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 North Carolina to meet with legislators and staff in 2019.

    Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from North Carolina requested assistance on topics including disaster recovery efforts, the SREB Board and Legislative Advisory Council, and student outcomes for STEM master teachers.


    North Carolina staff were among those from 8 SREB states at the 2018 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 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.

    North Carolina schools delivering AC curricula during 2018-19:

    • Aerospace Engineering: 2 schools
    • Clean Energy Technology: 2 schools
    • Health Informatics: 1 school
    • Teachers trained to date: 10>

    Readiness Courses

    Ready for High School Courses

    Courses that help eighth- and ninth-graders master the literacy and math skills they need to complete a college-ready academic core and pursue challenging career pathway programs in high school. Ready for High School Literacy and Ready for High School Math can be offered in the eighth or ninth grades.

    Number of North Carolina teachers who attended Ready for High School trainings in 2018-19:
    Ready for High School Math: 3

    Ready for College Courses

    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 North Carolina teachers who attended Ready for College trainings in 2018-19:
    Math Ready: 6>

    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.

    North Carolina is a member of the Making Schools Work network.

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

    State Coordinator: TBA

    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 North Carolina districts contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

    SREB will deliver 143 days of on-site coaching and on-site professional development in these districts.>


    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.

    North Carolina attendees at the July 2018 conference: 224>

    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.

    North Carolina attendees at the July 2018 conference: 133

    Literacy and Math Awards

    Outstanding District Award
    Stanly County Schools, North Carolina

    Stanly County Schools in North Carolina won the Outstanding District Award in July 2018.>

    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 >

    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.

    North Carolina attendees at the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum: 2>


    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. By participating, colleges and universities in the SREB region save almost $30 million annually.

    North Carolina is an approved member of SARA.

    Colleges and universities in North Carolina saved $11 million for initial authorization and save $3.2 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

    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

    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.​

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

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

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

    Ashley Sieman, 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 November 2018, four 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 Greensboro: Robin Remsburg, 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.​​

    North Carolina scholars since 1993: 20
    North Carolina scholars funded in 2018-19: 16
    2018 Institute attendees from North Carolina: 53
    Graduates since 1993: 3
    Graduates currently employed: 3
    Percent employed in education: 100

    North Carolina Ph.D. students in the DSP 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 one member to the ETC annual meeting on teaching and technology. Donna Murray was a presenter at the meeting.

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

    Deborah Goodman of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is a member of the ETC executive committee.

    North Carolina ETC representatives and member agencies:

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

    Deborah Goodman, Lead Consultant, Digital Teaching and Learning, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction >

    Technology Purchasing Savings

    Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved $8.3 million on over $83 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2018 — more than double the FY2017 savings — through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

    North Carolina saved $4,051,489 on $40,906,853​ in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018. >