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 >

Readiness in 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.

In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

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.

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 

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.

Oklahoma attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in November 2017: 3

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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, 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 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 in September 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.

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    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 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.

    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. SREB featured this financial aid program during the 2018 annual meeting of legislative and governors’ office staff.

    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, school accountability under federal law and school district reorganization.

    Meetings 

    Staff from eight SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    Oklahoma legislators were among those in attendance at the 2017-18 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference.

    SREB.org/StateServices >

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    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.

    Oklahoma schools delivering AC curricula during 2018-19:

    • Energy and Power: 1 school
    • Innovations in Science and Technology: 1 school
    • Integrated Production Technologies: 1 school
    • Teachers trained to date: 3

    SREB.org/AC>

    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 Oklahoma teachers who attended Ready for High School trainings in 2018-19:
    Ready for High School Math: 30

    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 Oklahoma teachers who attended Ready for College trainings in 2018-19:
    Literacy Ready: 9
    Math Ready: 46

    SREB.org/Ready >

    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.

    Oklahoma is a member of the Making Schools Work network.

    Advisory Council Member: Marcie Mack, State Director, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

    State Coordinator: Cori Gray, Deputy State Director, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

    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.

    Three Oklahoma districts contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

    SREB will deliver 58 days of on-site coaching and professional development in these districts.

    Seventeen Oklahoma technology centers contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

    SREB.org/hstw-school-improvement-design>

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    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.

    Oklahoma attendees at the July 2018 conference: 189

    sreb.org/SummerConference>

    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.

    Oklahoma attendees at the July 2018 conference: 17

    Literacy and Math Awards

    Outstanding School Award
    Moore High School
    Moore, Oklahoma

    Moore High School, in Moore, Oklahoma, won the Outstanding School Award in July 2018.

    sreb.org/SummerConference>

    National Technology Centers That Work Leaders Forum

    Forum for state and local career and technical education leaders to discuss the role of full- and shared-time technology centers. Teams of center and school leaders, teachers and education and industry partners build action plans.

    Oklahoma attendees at the 2018 National TCTW Leaders Forum: 20

    SREB.org/TCTW>

    Project-Based Learning in Career Pathway Courses

    System of professional development, job-embedded coaching and virtual support that helps academic and CTE teacher teams design project-based assignments in middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers.

    Nine Oklahoma teachers and administrators from 5 schools, agencies or districts received project-based learning professional development, coaching and support services in 2017-18.

    Teaching to Lead

    Teacher preparation program that helps professionals from business and industry become career and technical education teachers. Intensive professional development and coaching supports teachers in planning instruction, engaging students, managing classrooms and designing standards-driven assignments.

    One district in Oklahoma will participate in professional development and training in 2018-19.

    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 offer more high-quality distance education programs 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.​

    Oklahoma is an approved member of SARA.

    Colleges and universities in Oklahoma saved $2.7 million for initial authorization and save $783,000 annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

    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

    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.​

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

    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 2018 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 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 $217,216 on $2,196,298 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018.

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