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.

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 profiles summarized each state’s progress on the recommendations through fall 2016.

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.

PUBLICATIONS

In May 2017, SREB published Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards: Alignment of Instructional Materialsa regional report on implementation across states, strong state efforts and actions for improvement — plus profiles that describe each state’s efforts in detail, highlight notable actions and offer recommendations for moving forward.

The  report highlights Virginia’s notable work in supporting local efforts to use high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

In April 2017, SREB launched a state accountability network with monthly conference calls 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 participate.

SREB.org/Benchmarking >

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 2016: 4

    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 Virginia state legislators and their staff, state education agency staff, district administrators, principals and teachers.

    convenings

    State lawmakers attended SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council Winter Meeting in December 2016. SREB staff presented to attendees on teacher preparation and teacher recruitment strategies.

    reports and data

    SREB produced resources for Virginia leaders during the last 12 months including:

    Evaluator Training: A Guide for States, September 2017, spotlighting seven components associated with effective training for observers of teachers

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

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

    Information Request Series, beginning January 2017, with responses to SREB stakeholders’ questions on topics including educator evaluation, teacher certification, and principal recruitment and retention incentives

    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 meets during 2016, 2017 and 2018 to develop practical and effective statewide recommendations to improve teacher preparation programs.

    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.

    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 2016.

    Throughout 2016-17, legislators and legislative and governors’ 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. 

    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 >

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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 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.

    Virginia is a member of the High Schools That Work state network.
    Eight schools were active in 2015-16.

    HSTW Board Member: Lolita Hall, 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. 

    Four Virginia schools contracted for direct services in 2015-16. SREB delivered two days of onsite coaching and eight 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.

    Virginia is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network, with one active school in 2015-16. SREB delivered four days of onsite coaching and four days of onsite staff development to the schools.

    SREB.org/MMGW >

    Counseling for Careers

    SREB implemented Counseling for Careers in Virginia public schools statewide in the 2016-17 school year. As part of the implementation, SREB provided a 30-minute overview video on the program. This was followed by four regional two-day professional development sessions for school districts across the state.

    During the 2017-18 school year, SREB will conduct 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 Networking Conference

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

    Virginia attendees at the July 2016 conference: 2

    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 2016 conference: 16

    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 2017 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 2016, approximately 2,100 degree programs were available, 151 institutions participated and nearly 3,300 new students were certified for study.

    Number of Virginia students who participated in ACM during 2016: 588

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

    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 2016-17: 32
    2016 Institute attendees from Virginia: 46

    Scholars Virginia has supported since joining in 1993: 124

    Graduates since 1993: 75
    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 >