SREB and Texas

Overview

SREB and Texas

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Texas 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 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.

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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 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.  

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

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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.

Texas attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in November 2017: 1

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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

In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided general policy and practice resources.

reports and data

SREB produced the following resources for Texas 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 will meet in 2018 to develop practical and effective statewide recommendations to improve teacher preparation programs.

Texas Tech University’s U.S. PREP center has been featured as a promising practice at Commission meetings.

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 understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

A representative from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board participated in a December 2017 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.

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 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board participated.

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.

Throughout 2017-18, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Texas requested assistance on topics including SREB programs and services and the SREB Legislative Advisory Council.

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.

Texas 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

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 Texas teachers who attended Ready for High School trainings in 2018-19:
Ready for High School Literacy: 7
Ready for High School Math: 3

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.

Advisory Council Member: Heather Justice, Division Director, College, Career and Military Preparation Division, Texas Education Agency

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

SREB will deliver 95 days of onsite coaching and professional development in these districts.

Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Awards

Texas City High School
Texas City, Texas

Texas City High School in Texas City, Texas, won a Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award in July 2018.

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

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Professional Development
For Teachers, Principals and Counselors

Making Schools Work

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.

Texas attendees at the July 2018 conference: 23

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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.

Texas attendees at the July 2018 conference: 29

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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, 34 Texas students participated in the Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $10,769 each and a collective total of $366,138 in tuition

*Texas only participates at the graduate level.

ACM State Representative: Jessica Acton, Program Director, Academic Coordinating Board, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

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 Texas programs in 2017-18: 10

Residents of other states may contract for entry into Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry and the University of Houston College of Optometry. These Texas institutions received more than $205,000 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.​

Texas is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Texas saved $11 million for initial authorization and save $3 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Texas SARA representative: Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner of Academic Quality and Workforce, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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.​

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

Texas’ participating agency and SREB State Data Exchange Coordinator: Julie Eklund, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

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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 October 2018, six Texas institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

Baylor University: Shelley Conroy, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee Vice President
Texas A&M University: Corpus Christi: Julie Anne Hoff, Dean
Texas Christian University: Suzy Lockwood, Interim Dean
Texas Woman’s University: Anita Hufft, Associate Dean
University of Texas at Arlington: Beth Mancini, Dean
University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston: Deborah Jones, Dean

SREB.org/Nursing >

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 Texas in 2017-18: 0
2017 Institute attendees from Texas: 38

Scholars Texas has supported since joining in 1993: 10

Graduates since 1993: 6
Graduates currently employed: 5
Percent employed in education: 100

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

Baylor University
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at San Antonio

SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

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Interstate Cooperatives

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.

Texas saved $601,026 on $6,077,230 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018.

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