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Anderson, Kimberly; Mire, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2016
This report presents a multi-year study of how states are implementing their state college- and career-readiness standards. In this report, the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB's) Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards project studied state efforts in 2014-15 and 2015-16 to foster effective…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, State Standards, State Policy, State Programs
Gandha, Tysza; Baxter, Andy – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2016
This report offers state leaders key areas for action to continue progress in implementing evaluation systems, even as federal policies on teacher evaluation relax state requirements. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) offers its current best thinking for how state agencies can make the smartest use of funds, time and partners to refine…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, State Action, Teacher Effectiveness, State Agencies
Gandha, Tysza; Baxter, Andy – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2016
Teachers hold the greatest potential impact on student achievement compared to every other in-school factor. Yet schools with the greatest needs, those with a high percentage of low-income students and students of color, face the greatest teacher and leader turnover. They also often have less experienced and less effective teachers, according to…
Descriptors: Teacher Influence, Academic Achievement, Low Income Groups, At Risk Students
Fry-Ahearn, Betty; Collins, David – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2016
A grant from the School Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education during 2008-14 provided the opportunities and resources for SREB to bring together its cutting-edge knowledge base, field experience, and substantial bank of publications and training materials in the closely related fields of school improvement and school…
Descriptors: Principals, Low Achievement, Administrator Education, Educational Improvement
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
As policymakers adopt policies for pre-K programs, they want to know that the programs are effective. Do the gains last? This brief report presents information that pre-k yields short-term academic gains; pre-k yields long-term academic gains; and pre-k yields substantial nonacademic benefits.
Descriptors: Preschool Evaluation, Achievement Gains, Sustainability, Program Effectiveness
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
For decades, classroom instruction was dominated by lectures, textbooks and note-taking. And for decades, students have often been bored and unengaged. They took notes and did what they had to do to memorize lessons just long enough to pass an exam. But short-term memorization does not help much in preparing students for college, advanced training…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Mastery Learning, High School Students, Effective Schools Research
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
Too often school leaders, teachers and counselors invest their energies into preparing students for college. In today's society, that's not enough. Students must be prepared for multiple options after high school including gainful employment. This newsletter looks at ways schools can ensure more students are college and career-ready by creating…
Descriptors: College Preparation, College Readiness, Best Practices, Career Readiness
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
We learn by doing. This simple philosophy is at the heart of project-based learning in the 21st-century classroom. It is grounded in the belief that the stand and lecture approach to teaching, worksheets and rote memorization are not enough to move students down a path to the deep learning necessary for success in college and careers. Essential…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Active Learning, Student Projects, Learner Engagement
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
Superintendents and principals can have a positive and decisive impact on student achievement and higher graduation rates. Their essential leadership can illuminate the path to excellence for faculty and students. In upgrading curriculum and instruction, school leaders need to keep abreast of practices proven effective in other districts and…
Descriptors: High Schools, Best Practices, High Achievement, Graduation Rate
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) incorporates challenging literacy standards into middle grades and high school content areas within a variety of academic disciplines, not just English/language arts courses. The Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) provides schools with instructional tools needed to help teachers understand and implement…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Literacy, Mathematics Education, Educational Strategies
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
Implementation of college- and career-readiness standards is some of the most important work currently underway in states to improve student achievement and public education overall. SREB examined the efforts of 14 states--including 11 SREB states--to support implementation of new college- and career-readiness standards. The goal of the research…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, State Standards, Program Implementation, College Readiness
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
The following profiles address decisions and actions that state education policy-makers--in the state departments of education, unless otherwise noted--are taking to foster successful statewide implementation of their states' new college- and career-readiness standards and aligned assessments. These profiles provide a descriptive overview of each…
Descriptors: State Standards, Profiles, State Policy, College Readiness
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
The following profiles address how the state departments of education are supporting local educators in classroom implementation of the states' new college- and career-readiness standards by providing (or facilitating the development of) aligned instructional resources and materials. These resources and materials are supplementary supports that…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), State Policy, State Standards, State Programs
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
The following profiles address how the state departments of education are helping educators prepare for and implement their states' new college- and career-readiness standards and aligned assessments, through professional learning. SREB researchers examined each state's major professional development efforts around its new standards in order to…
Descriptors: State Standards, State Policy, State Programs, Career Readiness
Anderson, Kimberly; Mira, Mary Elizabeth – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
By 2012, all of the states in this study had started implementing new or revised teacher and leader evaluation systems. The systems include many and varying updates. In some cases, the updates were designed to meet conditions for a state's "Race to the Top" grant. In others, the updates were made to meet conditions for a state's waiver…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Administrator Evaluation, State Standards, State Policy
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