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Bottoms, Gene; Merritt, Amanda; Mollette, Dan; Tadlock, Joseph – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2018
This report presents results of teacher and student surveys on how powerful Mathematics Design Collaborative practices are shifting how teachers teach. It also summarizes student achievement data from schools using the strategies in four states. In vignettes and testimonials, teachers who completed Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Assignments, Problem Solving, Mathematical Concepts
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2018
At the request of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) conducted a review of Oklahoma's Promise program between August 2017 and February 2018. This report summarizes findings and observations from the review and provides recommendations. The review is organized around five areas of interest…
Descriptors: College Programs, State Programs, Educational Finance, Student Financial Aid
Durrance, Samantha – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2018
Third grade is a critical checkpoint in a child's educational journey. By the end of third grade, children need literacy skills that prepare them for increasing curriculum demands in fourth grade and beyond. Students who are not reading on grade level by this point are significantly more likely to drop out of high school or fail to graduate on…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Grade 4
Bottoms, Gene; Sundell, Kirsten – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2017
This publication explores how state accountability systems currently address college readiness and academic and technical career readiness and offers recommendations and examples of policies and practices that incentivize and reward districts and schools for preparing more students to earn credentials and degrees in high-demand career fields.
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Accountability, Educational Policy
Harvey, Darcie – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2017
Many states are experimenting with mechanisms for making college more affordable while maintaining quality and access. This report examines promising or innovative state programs to improve college affordability and credential attainment. Many of these approaches show innovative thinking and bear watching to see if they result in meaningful…
Descriptors: Paying for College, State Policy, Educational Policy, Access to Education
Pinsky, Paul – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2017
Across the South, many states and school districts provide basic training for evaluators. But this basic training does not assure that evaluators will be prepared to provide teachers with classroom observations that are rigorous, reliable and personally relevant. High-quality evaluator training leads to improved instructional practice, both…
Descriptors: Training, Evaluators, Teacher Evaluation, Competence
Doyle, William – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2017
The majority of Southern states performed below the national average and the average of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries in terms of the percent of young adults in 2015 who attained an associate degree or higher. This regional profile presents a synthesis of trends in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Higher Education, Paying for College, Young Adults
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
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