SREB and West Virginia

Overview

SREB and West Virginia

An overview of SREB programs and services and how West 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 the redesign of 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’ accountablility 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 expecations for college and career readiness and also include the state’s long-term goals, school performance indicators, framework for differentiating school performance, and system of identification and support for struggling schools. An introduction to trends across states offers recommendations for making the new systems effective tools for continuous improvement.

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

Meetings

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

Insights.SREB.org >

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

West 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

    SREB supported the development and implementation of West Virginia’s educator effectiveness strategy by funding the redesign of evaluator training, the hiring of a data analyst and the convening of a stakeholder task force to revise evaluation system guidance.

    SREB staff met with state department staff in Charleston for two days in February 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.

    convenings

    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.

    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 West 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 report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

    West Virginia legislative staff participated in an institute on postsecondary education convened In November 2018 through a collaboration of SREB, the National Conference of State Legislatures and other regional compacts.

    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 West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission participated.

    SREB assisted West Virginia policy staff with a request for information on postsecondary governance and system organization. 

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

    Throughout 2017-18, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from West Virginia requested assistance on topics including school leadership, teacher mentoring, state-level education governance and homeschool student access to school activities.

    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. 

    West 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

    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. 

    West Virginia was the lead state partnering with SREB to develop the AC Energy and Power curriculum. West Virginia participation in AC programs in 2017-18:

    • Aerospace Engineering: 1 school
    • Clean Energy Technology: 1 school
    • Energy and Power: 11 schools
    • Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management: 1 school
    • Informatics: 1 school
    • Innovations in Science and Technology: 5 schools
    • Integrated Production Technologies: 3 schools
    • Teachers trained: 17
    Awards

    Kim Cortines of Oak Hill High School won an Outstanding Advanced Career Teacher award in July 2017.

    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. They are taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems.

    West Virginia uses transitional courses, including an option for the SREB Readiness Courses.

    Ready for high school

    New courses for the transition from middle grades to high school. Underprepared students take the classes in eighth or ninth grade.

    West Virginia is one of 10 states that have participated in developing, field testing, training or piloting Ready for High School Literacy or Ready for High School Math.

    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, its six design features and nine key practices, to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

    The West Virginia Department of Education was honored with the Exceptional Transformation of CTE Centers Statewide Award at the July 2016 HSTW Conference.

    HSTW State Network

    Member states select schools to receive services. The fee for state membership in the consortium covers several services and visits.

    There were 35 active West Virginia schoolsin 2017-18. SREB provided 380 days of on-site coaching, technical assistance and professional development in 2017-18.

    HSTW Board Member: Kathy D’ Antoni, Assistant Superintendent of Schools
    HSTW State Coordinator: Stan Hopkins

    SREB.org/HSTW >

    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 West Virginia in 2017-18: 22

    The state CTE network continues to increase the number of programs (called companies via Simulated Workplace) that engage students through SREB’s enhanced project-based learning initiative. A majority of teachers in seven of the TCTW sites are designing and implementing assignments that engage students in such challenges as re-engineering children’s toy cars to enable students with severely limited mobility to move via the national Go Baby Go! Initiative, and students are partnering with IT leaders to develop “smart” Tiny Houses to enable customers with limited resources to experience independence.

    Students from TCTW sites are representing their community by serving on an economic development taskforce working in collaboration with the state CTE office to propose economically viable growth opportunities that leverage CTE skills and workforce sectors.

    SREB.org/TCTW >

    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.

    West Virginia is piloting Counseling for College and Careers in participating schools.

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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. 

    West Virginia attendees at the July 2017 conference: 58

    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.

    West Virginia attendees at the July 2017 conference: 263

    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.

    The staff of the West Virginia Center for Professional Development were trained on SREB leadership modules and redelivered training across the state through an agreement with SREB.

    West Virginia attendees to the 2018 Forum: 2

    SREB.org/LCLP >

    National Technology Centers That Work Leaders Forum

    Annual Forum for state department of education leaders, directors, principals, teacher-leaders and counselors representing high schools and technology centers across the country.

    West Virginia attendees in 2018: 14

    SREB.org/TCTW

    Literacy and Math Professional Development

    SREB is partnering with states 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 West Virginia​ educators in 46 schools.

    West Virginia​ teachers, principals and trainers who participated in training and coaching: 349

    “Students who had not seen success in a ‘normal’ math class were seeing success with the MDC lessons. Students who were never interested in math were excited and totally engaged.” — Brittany Dameron,  math teacher, Riverside High School in Belle, Kanawha County School District

    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 West Virginia teachers and administrators in training or coaching in 2017-18: 78

    Number of participating schools in West Virginia during 2017-18: 22

    Teaching to Lead

    Helps states redesign programs that prepare business professionals to become career and technical education teachers through an alternative certification route. New CTE teachers gain knowledge and skills to manage a classroom of diverse students; plan challenging, work-related assignments; motivate students to complete assignments; and assess student progress.

    The West Virginia Division of Technical, Adult and Institutional Education supports four teacher-educators at West Virginia University Institute of Technology to lead the year-long professional development. West Virginia participation:

    • 30 new CTE teachers during the 2014-15 school year
    • 52 teachers during the 2015-16 school year
    • 56 new CTE teachers in the 2016-17 school year

    “I count on these new teachers to speak on behalf of my school. They really have a grasp of advocacy.” —  West Virginia administrator

    “I have been asked to share my new teaching strategies with experienced teachers at my school because they see how engaged my students are.” —  West Virginia teacher

    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, 63 West Virginia students participated in the Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $14,606 each and a collective total of $978,585 in tuition.

    ACM State Representative: Mark Stotler, Director of Academic Programming, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    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. 

    West Virginia is an approved member of SARA.

    West Virginia SARA representative: Mark Stotler, Director of Academic Programming, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    In August 2016, West Virginia State University became the 1,000th institution to participate in SARA.

    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. 

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

    West Virginia’s Participating Agencies and SREB-State Data Exchange Coordinators: 

    Jeannie Reed, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    Sherri Nash, West Virginia Department of Education

    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, one West Virginia institution is a member, listed here with its representative to the Council:

    West Virginia University: Tara Hulsey, Dean, SREB Nursing Council Executive Committee President

    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 West Virginia in 2017-18: 25
    2017 Institute attendees from West Virginia: 22

    Scholars West Virginia has supported since joining in 1993: 70

    Graduates since 1993: 29
    Graduates currently employed: 26
    Percent employed in education: 65

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

    Marshall University
    Ohio University
    University of Kentucky
    University of Maryland-Baltimore County
    University of Oregon
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    West Virginia University

    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.

    West Virginia is a Go Alliance member state.

    Go Alliance Representative: Autumn Perry, Coordinator for College Access and Success, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    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.

    West Virginia representatives attended the spring and summer webinars.

    West Virginia sent attendees to the 2017 ETC annual meeting on teaching and technology.

    West Virginia ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology and served on working groups for revisions.

    West Virginia ETC representatives and member agency:
    Roxann Humbert, Founding and Executive Director of WVROCKS, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    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.

    West Virginia saved $99,444 on $998,469​ in technology purchases in fiscal year 2017.

    SREB.org/CostSaving >