SREB and Oklahoma


SREB and Oklahoma

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Oklahoma 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.

SREB profiles summarize 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 Materials, a regional report on implementation across states, strong state efforts and 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 highlights Oklahoma’s notable work in supporting local efforts to use high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials.

Technical assistance

In fall 2016, project staff provided technical assistance to state education agency leaders in three states, including Oklahoma, on developing state policies to establish clear expectations for high-quality professional learning on state college- and career-readiness standards. 


In July 2016, SREB facilitated a virtual meeting of state education agency leaders on findings and implications of the Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Professional Learning reports. One stakeholder from Oklahoma attended. >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Oklahoma attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 4 >

    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 Oklahoma State Department of Education to support implementation of a statewide educator effectiveness strategy. The strategy includes elements such as training assistant principals, convening  regional stakeholder groups and the roll-out of the Professional Focus strategy. SREB staff visited the department in May, September and October 2017 to help implement the strategy.

    SREB partnered with three Oklahoma school districts to pilot a new approach to professional learning and development called #MyPD. The community of practice project convened educators in January, May, September and October 2017.

    SREB staff responded to three information requests from Oklahoma stakeholders in the last 12 months. Constituents requested SREB analysis related to teacher certification, recruitment and professional growth strategies.

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


    A state team from Oklahoma 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. Oklahoma department staff attended a regional community of practice meeting following the multi-stakeholder meeting.

    The Oklahoma 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 resources for Oklahoma 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 SREB stakeholders’ questions on topics including educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention incentives

    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 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 better understand how these costs impact different family income levels. Glen D. Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, chaired the commission.

    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 Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education participated.

    Oklahoma policy leaders requested SREB’s assistance with a review of the Oklahoma Promise program.

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

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Oklahoma requested assistance on topics including the federal State Support Network, postsecondary education, early childhood education, school administrators, shared school district services, teacher shortages, virtual education, cursive handwriting instruction, teacher salaries and school finance review commissions.


    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. Oklahoma legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017 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.

    Oklahoma’s participation in AC Programs 2017-18:

    • Innovations in Science and Technology: 1 school
    • Integrated Production Technologies: 1 school
    • Teachers trained: 2

    Readiness Courses:
    Math Ready and Literacy Ready

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

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

    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.

    Oklahoma is a member of the High Schools That Work state network, with 26 active schools in 2016-17.

    HSTW Board Member: Marcie Mack, State Director, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

    HSTW State Coordinator: Twila Green, HSTW/MMGW State Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Career-Technical Education >

    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 Oklahoma in 2016-17: 17 >


    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.

    Oklahoma attendees at the July 2017 conference: 22 >

    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.

    Oklahoma attendees at the July 2017 conference: 198 >

    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 Oklahoma educators in 38 schools.

    Oklahoma teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 221

    Teaching to Lead

    Helps states redesign programs that prepare business professionals to become career and technical education teachers through an alternative certification route. New CTE teachers gain knowledge and skills to manage a classroom of diverse students; plan challenging, work-related assignments; motivate students to complete assignments; and assess student progress.

    Oklahoma adopted the curriculum. The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership for Teaching to Lead.

    New career and technical education teachers participate in 25 days of professional development and educational training, four coaching visits, and mentoring, with an option to earn 15 hours of credit toward a career and technical education provisional certification. Oklahoma participation:

    • 24 teachers from July 2013 through December 2014
    • 19 teachers from July 2014 through December 2015
    • 15 teachers during the 2015-16 school year
    • 10 new teachers in the 2016-17 school year cohort
    • 19 new teachers in the 2017-18 school year cohort


    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 Oklahoma students who participated in ACM during 2016: 15

    ACM State Representative: Angel Jackson, Staff Assistant, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education >​

    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.

    Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Oklahoma programs in 2016-17: 10

    Residents of other states may contract for entry into Northeastern State University for optometry, Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Science and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for dentistry. These Oklahoma institutions receive more than $200,000 annually 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. 

    Oklahoma is an approved member of SARA.

    Oklahoma SARA representative: Daniel Archer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education >

    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. 

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

    Oklahoma’s Participating Agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators: 

    Cindy Poulton, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

    Denise Christy, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education >

    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 Oklahoma in 2016-17: 6
    2016 Institute attendees from Oklahoma: 20

    Scholars Oklahoma has supported since joining in 1993: 29

    Graduates since 1993: 20
    Graduates currently employed: 18
    Percent employed in education: 78

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

    Ohio State University
    Oklahoma State University
    Portland State University
    University of New Mexico
    University of Oklahoma
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    University of Tulsa


    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.

    Oklahoma is a Go Alliance member state.

    Go Alliance Representative: Jolynn Horn, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Oklahoma GEAR UP, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education >

    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. 

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

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

    Oklahoma participated in the ETC Intrastate Networking Visits in April 2017, hosted at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in Oklahoma City. Participants from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Department of Career and Technology Education, Office of Management and Enterprise Services, State Regents for Higher Education, University of Central Oklahoma, OneNet, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma City Community College discussed topics to improve collaboration across education systems in Oklahoma to gain efficiency and K-20 alignment.

    Oklahoma ETC Representative and Member Agency: Kyle Foster, Coordinator for Academic Affairs Initiatives, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education >

    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.

    Oklahoma saved $284,506 on $2,868,937 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2017. >