SREB and Oklahoma

Overview

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.

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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 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.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 15 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. 

SREB.org/Benchmarking >

Readiness in New State Accountability Systems

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

PUBLICATIONS

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 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 of struggling schools. An introdruction to trends across states offers recommendations for making the new systems effective tools for continuous improvement.

Oklahoma’s profile notes the state’s efforts to raise expectation for college and career readiness through its long-term goals and school performance indicators.

Meetings

SREB staff presented information on state efforts to redesign state accountability systems at SREBs Annual Meeting in June 2017 and the Legislative Advisory Council meeting in November 2017. Fifteen stakeholders from Oklahoma 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. Two state education agency leaders from Oklahoma participated.

Insights.SREB.org >

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 2017: 3

    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, spotlights inspiring stories of local practice and convenes stakeholders at regional meetings.

    Technical Assistance

    SREB supported the development and implementation of Oklahoma’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding leadership development trainings and the convening of five regional advisory groups. SREB staff met with state department colleagues in September 2017 to evaluate the success of these strategies.

    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 more than 150 educators in September and October 2017, and January and March 2018.

    SREB staff met with state department staff in Oklahoma City for two days in October 2017 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.

    convenings

    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 Oklahoma 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.

    reports and data

    SREB produced the following resources for Oklahoma 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

    SREB.org/EE >

    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.

    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 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 2018.

    Throughout 2017-18, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Oklahoma requested assistance on topics including postsecondary education, school administrators, shared school district services, teacher shortages and school accountability under federal law.

    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. 

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

    SREB.org/StateServices >

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    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 60 high schools are implementing the courses in 2017-18.

    SREB.org/Ready >

    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

    SREB.org/HSTW >

    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 218 sites in 16 states.

    Active centers in Oklahoma in 2017-18: 16

    SREB.org/TCTW >

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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.

    Oklahoma attendees at the July 2017 conference: 22

     http://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.

    Oklahoma attendees at the July 2017 conference: 198

    http://SREB.org/SummerConference

    National Technology Centers That Work Leaders Forum

    Annual Forum for state department of education leaders, directors, principals, teacher-leaders and counselors representing high schools and technology centers across the country.

    Oklahoma attendees in 2018: 20

    SREB.org/TCTW

    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.  

    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.

    During the 2017-18 school year, this SREB professional development reached Oklahoma educators in 42 schools.

    Oklahoma teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 382

    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

    SREB.org/Teaching-Lead

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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 2017, 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and 3,355 new students were certified for study.

    In 2017, 14 Oklahoma students participated in Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $37,579 each and a collective total of $526,105 in tuition.

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

    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.

    Number of out-of-state students who enrolled in Oklahoma programs in 2017-18: 10

    Residents of other states may contract for entry into Northeastern State University Oklahoma School of Optometry, Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Science and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Dentistry. In 2017-18, these Oklahoma institutions receive more than $206,000 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 the 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.

    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. 

    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

    SREB.org/FactBook >

    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 2017-18: 9
    2017 Institute attendees from Oklahoma: 13

    Scholars Oklahoma has supported since joining in 1993: 32

    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
     

    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.

    Oklahoma is a Go Alliance member state.

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

    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. 

    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

    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.

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

    SREB.org/CostSaving >