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.

Post

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.

SREB.org/Insights >

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 transitional courses in 12th grade.

SREB.org/Readiness >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Texas attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum on policies for high-quality career and technical education in November 2016: 1

    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, 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

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

    reports and data

    SREB produced several resources for Texas leaders during the last 12 months, including:

    Evaluator Training: A Guide for States, published in September 2017, spotlights seven components associated with effective training for observers of teachers.

    Feedback on Teaching: A Fresh Look, published in July 2017, describes strategies for district and school leaders to establish and sustain better feedback practices.

    Student Surveys: A Fresh Look, published in May 2017, covers the practical implications for state, district and school leaders seeking to use emerging student survey tools. 

    Information Request Series, first published in January 2017, features our responses to SREB stakeholders’ questions. Topics covered include educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention incentives.

    Educator Effectiveness Bill Tracker interactive tool, updated weekly, allows constituents to track legislative bills across eight areas, including teacher preparation, evaluation and professional learning.

    The bi-weekly Educator Effectiveness e-newsletter.

    SREB.org/EE >

    Teacher Preparation

    SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission meets during 2016, 2017 and 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 October 2016 report, policymakers can draw on individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels and on a Promising State Policies and Practices report featuring cost reduction strategies.

    High School Graduate Projections

    Texas registrants participated in a February 2017 webinar SREB co-hosted with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education on WICHE’s Knocking at the College Door projections of high school graduates.

    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 2016-17, legislators and legislative and governors’ staff from Texas requested assistance on topics including excess postsecondary credit hours and degrees awarded retroactively.

    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. 

    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.

    SREB.org/StateServices >

    Post

    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. 

    Texas participation in AC programs, 2016-17:

    Energy and Power: 1 school

    Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 1 school

    Teachers trained: 1

    SREB.org/AC >

    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.

    SREB worked with Texas to develop Readiness Courses aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. 

    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 and 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.

    Texas is a member of the High Schools That Work state network, with 18 active schools in 2015-16

    HSTW Board Member: Diane Salazar, State Director of Career Technical Education

    Contracts for Direct Support

    Schools, districts and states contract with SREB for targeted school improvement services such as onsite coaching, technical assistance and professional development. 

    Eighteen Texas schools contracted for direct services in 2015-16. SREB delivered 106 days of onsite coaching and 32 days of onsite staff development at the schools.

    SREB.org/HSTW >

    Making Middle Grades Work

    Engages state, district and school leaders in partnerships with teachers, students, parents and the community to raise student achievement in the middle grades. In addition to workshops and school visits, SREB links schools to the professional development resources they need. The network includes over 650 schools in 20 states.

    Texas is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network, with two active schools in 2015-16. SREB delivered 18 days of onsite coaching and 6 days of onsite staff development to the schools.

    SREB.org/MMGW >

    Counseling for Careers

    Awakens students to career goals and connects them to the high school and postsecondary programs of study to succeed in them. SREB offers workshops, materials and coaching for districts, schools and technology centers, which then involve teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and community partners.

    SREB is helping middle schools, high schools, technology centers and postsecondary institutions in Texas expand career readiness through professional development and coaching.

    Post

    Professional Development
    For Teachers, Principals and Counselors

    College- and Career-Readiness Networking Conference

    Conference to share effective instructional strategies of the Literacy and Mathematics Design Collaborative frameworks. 

    Texas attendees at the July 2016 conference: 19

    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.

    Texas attendees at the July 2016 conference: 47

    SREB.org/SummerConference >

    Literacy and Math Professional Development

    In Texas, SREB is partnering with schools 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 2016-17 school year, this SREB professional development reached Texas educators in 15 schools.

    Texas teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 249

    SREB.org/LDCMDC >

    Project-Based Learning in Career Pathway Courses

    Training model for teachers in high-skill career and technical education programs and career pathway academic courses. Academic and career and technical education teachers improve assignments and assessments by working with business and industry partners to develop projects that require students to apply college- and career-readiness and technical-academic standards.

    Number of Texas teachers and administrators in training or coaching in 2015-16: 55

    Number of participating Texas schools in 2015-16: 6

    Post

    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 Texas students who participated in ACM during 2016: 42

    ACM State Representative: Allen Michie, Program Director, 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 2016-17: 11

    Residents of other states may contract for entry into Texas A&M Health Science Center – Baylor College of Dentistry and University of Houston in optometry. These Texas institutions receive more than $200,000 annually 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 regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states.

    Texas is an approved member of SARA.

    Texas SARA representative: Jessica Acton, Program Director, Academic Quality and Workforce Division, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

    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. 

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

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

    SREB.org/FactBook >

    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 2017, five Texas institutions are members (listed here with their representatives to the Council):

    Baylor University: Shelley Conroy, Dean 
    Prairie View A&M University: Betty Adams, Dean
    Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi: Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean
    Texas Woman’s University: Anita Hufft, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Nominating Committee Member
    University of Texas at Arlington: Anne Bavier, 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 2016-17: 0
    2016 Institute attendees from Texas: 70

    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 >

    Post

    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 $36,151 on $360,978 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2017.

    SREB.org/CostSaving >