SREB and Virginia

Overview

SREB and Virginia

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Virginia 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.

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 states’ accountabiity 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 increasing college and career readiness and also include the state’s long-term goals, school performance indicators, framework for differentiating school performance, and system of indentification and support for struggling schools. An introduction to trends across states offers recommendations for making the new systems effective tools for continuous improvement.

Meetings

SREB staff presented information on state efforts to redesign state accountability systems at SREB’s Annual Meeting in June 2017 and at the Legislative Advisory Council meeting in November 2017. Seven stakeholders from Virginia 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 Virginia participated.

Insights.SREB.org >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Virginia 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

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

    convenings

    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.

    reports and data

    SREB produced the following resources for Virginia 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 understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

    A representative from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia participated in a 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 State council for Higher Education for Virginia participated.

    interstate Passport 

    A framework to accelerate and streamline transfer of lower-division courses among institutions in different states.

    Virginia is one of three SREB states participating by reviewing learning outcomes for the Passport framework.

    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 Virginia to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2018.

    Throughout 2017-18, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Virginia requested assistance on topics including teacher salaries and college affordability.

    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. 

    Virginia 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

    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.

    Virginia is a member of the High Schools That Work state network.
    Seven schools were active in 2017-18.

    HSTW Board Member: George Wilcox, Interim State Director Career Technical Education, Virginia Department of Education

    HSTW State Coordinator: Judith Sams, Business and Information Technology and Related Clusters, Virginia Department of Education

    Contracts for Direct Support

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

    One Virginia school contracted for direct services in 2017-18. SREB delivered two days of on-site coaching and eight days of on-site 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.

    Virginia is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network, with one active school in 2016-17. SREB delivered four days of on-site coaching and four days of on-site staff development to the schools.

    SREB.org/MMGW >

    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 Virginia in 2017-18: 1

    TCTW provided an expanded Technical Assistance Visit and Site Development Workshop at Norfolk Technical Center in 2017-18.

    Counseling for College and 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 implemented Counseling for Careers in Virginia public schools statewide in the 2016-17 school year. 

    During the 2017-18 school year, SREB conducted on-site professional development in districts through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Education.

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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. 

    Virginia attendees at the July 2017 conference: 1

    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.

    Virginia attendees at the July 2017 conference: 10

    SREB.org/SummerConference >

    Learning-Centered Leadership Program

    Works with district, state and university partners to prepare aspiring principals and school leadership teams to lead school reform to ensure that students are ready for college and careers. This program offers training, guidance and technical assistance.

    Virginia attendees at the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum: 2

    SREB.org/LCLP >

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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, 511 Virginia students participated in the Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $16,476 each and a collective total of $8,419,259 in tuition

    Virginia ACM State Representative: Darlene Derricott, Director of Academic Services, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

    SREB.org/ACM >

    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. 

    Virginia is an approved member of SARA.

    Virginia SARA representative: Darlene Derricott, Director of Academic Services, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

    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. 

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

    Virginia’s participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange coordinator: Tod R. Massa, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

    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 April 2018, six Virginia institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

    George Mason University: Carol Urban, Director
    Hampton University: Shevellanie Lott, Dean
    James Madison University: Julie Sanford, Director
    Old Dominion University: Karen Karlowicz, Chair
    Shenandoah University: Kathleen LaSala, Dean
    Virginia Community University: Jean Giddens, 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 Virginia in 2017-18: 41
    2017 Institute attendees from Virginia: 40

    Scholars Virginia has supported since joining in 1993: 133

    Graduates since 1993: 76
    Graduates currently employed: 70
    Percent employed in education: 69

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

    College of William and Mary
    George Mason University
    James Madison University
    North Carolina A&T State University
    Old Dominion University
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Virginia
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

    Passport Project

    A new learning outcomes-based framework to accelerate and streamline transfer of student course credits among institutions in different states. SREB has joined other regional compacts in the Passport Project.

    Virginia is one of three SREB states reviewing learning outcomes for the Passport framework.

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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.

    Virginia is a Go Alliance member state.

    Go Alliance Representative: Paula Fisher Robinson, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

    SREB.org/GoAlliance >

    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.

    Virginia saved $85,130 on $860,759 in technology purchases in fiscal year 2017.

    SREB.org/Costsaving >