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 > 

Readiness in 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 October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.  

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.

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.

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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.

West Virginia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in November 2017: 3

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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

    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. State department staff met to discuss shared problems of practice in four areas: equitable access to effective teaching, leadership development, professional learning and teacher voice.

    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.

    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 featured West Virginia’s initiatives to address workforce issues in a presentation by a state legislator and SREB board member during SREB’s 2018 annual board meeting.

    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 home school student access to school activities.

    Meetings 

    Staff from 8 SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

    West Virginia 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

    Advanced Career

    Nine pathways that combine college-ready academics with hands-on, project-based assignments that spark students’ learning and interest in STEM careers. Each four-course AC pathway prepares students for advanced industry credentials and two- and four-year postsecondary credentials and degrees.

    West Virginia schools delivering AC curricula during 2018-19:

    • Aerospace Engineering: 3 schools
    • Clean Energy Technology: 1 school
    • Energy and Power: 11 schools
    • Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management: 1 school
    • Informatics: 2 schools
    • Innovations in Science and Technology: 8 schools
    • Integrated Production Technologies: 3 schools
    • Teachers trained to date: 43

    SREB.org/AC>

    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.

    West Virginia is a member of the Making Schools Work network.

    Advisory Council Member: Kathy D’Antoni, assistant state superintendent of schools, Division of Technical, Adult and Institutional Education, West Virginia Department of Education

    State Coordinator: Stan Hopkins

    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.

    Thirty West Virginia high schools contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

    Twenty-two West Virginia technology centers contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

    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.

    West Virginia attendees at the July 2018 conference: 144

    sreb.org/SummerConference>

    College- and Career-Readiness 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.

    West Virginia attendees at the July 2018 conference: 46

    sreb.org/SummerConference>

    Learning-Centered Leadership Program

    Leadership preparation program that develops current or aspiring principals’ capacity to serve as effective instructional leaders who understand how to use data to locate and close gaps.

    West Virginia attendees at the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum: 2

    SREB.org/LCLP>

    National Technology Centers That Work Leaders Forum

    Forum for state and local career and technical education leaders to discuss the role of full- and shared-time technology centers. Teams of center and school leaders, teachers and education and industry partners build action plans.

    West Virginia attendees at the 2018 National TCTW Leaders Forum: 13

    SREB.org/TCTW

    Project-Based Learning in Career Pathway Courses

    System of professional development, job-embedded coaching and virtual support that helps academic and CTE teacher teams design project-based assignments in middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers.

    Seventy-eight West Virginia teachers and administrators from 22 schools, agencies or districts received project-based learning professional development, coaching and support services in 2017-18.

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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 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.

    West Virginia is an approved member of SARA.

    Colleges and universities in West Virginia saved $2.5 million for initial authorization and save $750,000 annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

    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

    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.​

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

    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 October 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 one attendee to the 2018 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 $119,044 on $1,203,671​ in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018.

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